Carter unfazed by defeat

Bahrain exit "doesn't bother" Essex potter

Last Updated: 11/11/08 9:12pm

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Carter: Not bothered

Carter: Not bothered

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Ali Carter claimed he "wasn't really bothered" by his first round exit from the new Bahrain Snooker Championship.

The 29-year-old world number seven became yet another big name casualty in the Middle East after being humbled by Dublin qualifier Michael Judge.

Judge, ranked 23 places below Carter, battled back from 3-1 down to win 5-3, meaning Carter will fly back to the UK on Wednesday morning.

Shaun Murphy, Peter Ebdon, Ken Doherty and Graeme Dott, all former world champions, have already been beaten in the Gulf.

And Carter, a finalist at the Crucible this year, said: "I wasn't really bothered with this event.

"The UK Championship and the Masters are the two that I am focusing on.

"Obviously I still wanted to win coming here but my focus is on the other two events."

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