Ali Carter Profile
Full name: Allister Carter
Birth date: 25th July 1979
Born in: Colchester, Essex, UK
Nickname: THE CAPTAIN
Known for: His fighting spirit and determination to win.
Carter turned professional in 1996. He first emerged in 1999, winning the WPBSA Association Young Player of the Year award after winning the Benson and Hedges Championship in 1999 – this earned him a wild card place in the Masters. He also reached the semi-finals of the 1999 Grand Prix. It was eight years before he reached another ranking semi-final, the 2007 Malta Cup.
He reached the last 16 (second round) of the World Championship in 2005, after scoring the first 10-0 victory in the event since 1993 against 1993 semi-finalist James Wattana in qualifying. At the 2007 World Championship he beat Andy Hicks in the first round, 10-4, before beating World No. 1 and seven-time champion Stephen Hendry 13-6 to reach his first World Championship quarter-final and guarantee a place in the Top-16. Carter now has a 5-4 record against Hendry; conversely, he has never beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in 11 attempts.
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Carter has a reputation for ‘choking’, losing his nerve at critical moments in a match, such as being in front and allowing his opponent to stage a comeback. As an extreme example, in the first round of the 2007 UK Championship, Carter led Barry Hawkins 8-3 before Hawkins won the next six frames to win 9-8. However, Ali got his own back on Hawkins during the 2008 World Championship by beating him 10-9 in a ‘controversial’ finale. Hawkins had leveled the match to 9-9, when the players were pulled out of the arena to allow the evening matches to begin. They returned after one of the evening’s two matches had been completed – on a table they had not previously played on. Hawkins felt this break interrupted his momentum, handing the match to Carter. He followed this by defeating two former champions in succession; provisional World Number 1 Shaun Murphy 13-4 in the second round and then 2002 winner Peter Ebdon 13-9 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final on 4 May 2008 he beat Joe Perry 17-15 to book a place against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final. Carter lost the final 18-8.
Carter made a slow start to the 2009/2010 season, losing 0-5 to Liang Wenbo in the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters and losing in the first round at the Grand Prix, before reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Championship. As the defending champion at the Welsh Open he progressed to the final but was beaten by John Higgins, the reigning world champion at the time. He finished the season strongly by reaching the semi-finals at the China Open and the World Championship, losing in the latter to eventual champion, Neil Robertson, by 12-17.
Carter won the 2010 Shanghai Masters. Carter had to recover from 1-4 down in the quarter-final to defeat Matthew Stevens 5-4, Stevens missing the final black off its spot in the deciding frame. He then won six frames in a row from 0-2 down to beat Mark Selby 6-2, and edged past qualifier Jamie Burnett 10-7 in the final.
In 2003 he was diagnosed with the auto immune disease Crohn’s disease. He practiced at Chelmsford’s Rivermead Snooker Club before buying the club and being the new owner. Carter also has a keen interest in flying. Although he views snooker as his career at the moment, he has a pilot license which he trained for during a break from the game.
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