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Ali Carter hails "unbelievable" return to snooker

Ali Carter says that winning a trophy on his return to snooker following six months away from the sport is an "unbelievable" achievement after several personal setbacks.

Ali Carter has admitted that he felt "very emotional" following his triumphant return to snooker at the General Cup.

The two-time World Snooker Championship runner-up suffered another personal setback earlier this year when he was diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.

After spending six months away from the game to undergo treatment, Carter made a welcome return to the sport this week by edging out Shaun Murphy 7-6 in Saturday night's final in Hong Kong.

"It is a great result, and I am delighted," he is quoted as saying by The Independent. "After what I have been through it is amazing, and to think where I was a few months ago. It is very emotional, and I will be back in ranking tournament action at the UK Championships next month.

"I played well here, the cancer seems to have taken the pressure off worrying about the game. Life is very strange, I was so low, and now to be on this high is unbelievable."

Carter previously overcame testicular cancer in 2013, while also battling with Crohn's disease.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with the trophy and his son Ronnie after beating Barry Hawkins of England to win the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013
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