World Snooker Championship 2013: Baird eyes Crucible return

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Crucible
Sam Baird

Sam Baird said his first Crucible experience has left him eager to sample the atmosphere again.

Baird, 24, never recovered from a slow start in his match against world number eight Stuart Bingham and lost 10-2.

The world number 83, who had to win four qualifying rounds just to reach the World Championship, said: "I'd like to come back and have another go.

"It was tough to get here and hopefully I can get back. It's a great place to play," he told BBC Sport.

Baird, from Devon, admitted he did not do himself justice in the first-round tie and was unable to replicate the sensational form that saw him reach the home of snooker.

His four victories in qualifying included a stunning 10-3 success over former world semi-finalist Joe Perry in the final round.

"I felt alright so I was disappointed I couldn't turn that into a bit of a better performance," he said.

"There were nerves but not as many as I thought.

"I must admit I would like another go. I would like that match again if you offered me it.

"It's not like any other place to play. The atmosphere is a lot better and much different. People are very close and there is not much room around the table."

Baird was 8-1 behind after the first session and said that left him with very little chance of salvaging anything.

"I just wanted to try to enjoy it and hopefully get a few frames on the board and then you never know," he said about the second session.

"But I lost the first one and then it was uphill from there and I was just trying to prolong it as much as possible.

"He started to miss a few after I won my first frame (on Wednesday) and I could have nicked at least one of the last two frames.

"Trailing 7-2 is a lot better than 8-1 but at the time I was just so glad I had the frame on the board because I was fearing 10-0. It was a little ray of light."