STUART BINGHAM said he felt focussed and ready to put on a performance as he restricted his opponent to scoring just seven points against him in a 5-0 qualifying win this week.
Ballrun saw off Maltese pro Alex Borg to book his place at the World Open in Yushan, China, at the end of October, where he will face the winner of Daniel Wells versus Nigel Bond.
The world No 13 said: “It wasn’t until a friend sent me a text that I realised he had only scored seven points, so I guess it was a good performance.
“I felt a bit of pressure going into it but I practiced hard while they were playing in China and I was focussed and ready for this match.
“From the first shot I felt good and I think it was a controlled performance.
“Of course I’m glad to have qualified for the World Open – even though it takes something like 20 hours to get there!
“But it is a top event and good conditions, with big prize money, so I am looking forward to it.”
Bingham has also been busy helping World Snooker with promotional content for this month’s English Open in Crawley (October 14-20).
Ballrun will begin the defence of his title against Poland’s Kacper Filipiak on October 14.
He said: “I think he got on the Tour a couple of years ago and then dropped off before winning an amatuer tournament to get back on.
“I watched him in a match against Wenbo yesterday and, although he lost, he looked okay. So I am ready for a tough match.
“I haven’t got a great record at tournaments when I start as defending champion so hopefully I can change that here.”