Adrian Waller has set his sights on a place in the world’s top 20 after achieving what he described as “the best win in my career to date” in the Hong Kong Open earlier this month.

His victory over world number 14 Cameron Pilley in the first round of the World Series event was the climax to a fine 2013 for the Enfield-based left-hander.

While there were no additions to his tally of three PSA Tour titles, there has been a marked upward curve in his ranking during the year.

“2013 has gone well for me,” said the 23-year-old. “I feel that I have taken positive steps with my game and that has been reflected by my ranking improving of 10-20 places.

“The next target is the top 20. Making that jump from where I am now at 31 would be very significant!”

Waller, who was involved in the longest PSA Tour match for 30 years when he lost the 157-minute National Capital Open final to Canadian Shawn Delierre in the USA last January, feels he can achieve that aim with the aid of some minor tweaks.

“To get to the top 20 there would be no drastic changes to what I am doing now,” he pointed out. “Just to keep working hard and improving each area of my game one per cent at a time would hopefully see me make my way there steadily.”

Waller is already looking forward to the start of 2014, when he will be playing in the Tournament of Champions in New York.

Story courtesy ESR