“I was going to win at all costs” Wade defends aggressive approach in Asada victory

Wade gestures towards Asada after winning the second set (credit:Sky Sports)

James Wade has defended his behaviour during a dramatic deciding-set victory over Seigo Asada in the Second Round of the World Championship on Wednesday.

Wade came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to deny the Japanese number one in a tie break set and reach the Last 32 at Alexandra Palace.

The three-time World Championship semi-finalist was seen to celebrate directly in his opponent's face after claiming the second set and went on to release a further outpouring of emotion at the end of the contest.

When asked in an interview with broadcaster Dan Dawson whether he considered his behaviour, particularly shouting in the face of his opponent, to be acceptable, Wade replied: "Yeah, it's been done to me many times.

"I've lost in World Championships because of that. I've had far worse done against me over the years.

"I was going to win at all costs and I did that, I haven't wanted to win that much for a long time.

"There's players that have won tournaments and behaved far worse and I actually didn't think I behaved like that to be fair.

"I'm quite disappointed in myself if it's THAT bad."

Wade's actions have been met with strong criticism by fellow players and pundits on social media, but Wade has refused to apologise to his opponent.

He added: "I believe he should have won.

"It shocked me and it surprised me.

"I didn't play well so I had to give it to him and he got it.

"Second set, third set, fourth set, fifth set - he can have it - the most important thing was for me to win for my son."




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