Matthew Stevens admits he deserved early World Snooker Championship exit
MATTHEW Stevens admitted he only had himself to blame after he crashed out in the first-round of the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.
Stevens fell to a 10-7 defeat to Hong Kong's Marco Fu despite mounting a comeback from when he trailed nine frames to four.
Twice a runner-up at the Crucible, Stevens took down Fu in the first round 12 months ago on his way to the semi-finals.
But there was no repeat this time around and Stevens admitted the defeat was no more than he deserved after failing to produce his best on the big occasion.
"It was a struggle out there for a couple of days to be honest," he said.
"Marco just had to pick up the pieces when I missed really, I gave him far too many chances and missed a lot of easy balls. You cannot expect to play badly and win here."