Judd Trump, John Higgins & Mark Williams beaten in China Open
Judd Trump, John Higgins and Be aware Williams all suffered shock defeats in the first round of the China Originate.
Higgins lost six frames in a row in a 6-2 defeat in opposition to rookie pro Joe O’Connor, while world champion Williams lost 6-4 to 49-Twelve months-extinct Ken Doherty.
Masters champion Trump, who has furthermore received two ranking titles this season, used to be edged out 6-5 by Robbie Williams.
Two-time champion Ding Junhui lost 6-3 to one other 49-Twelve months-extinct, Thailand’s James Wattana.
Wattana, a primitive world amount three now ranked 119, received the final of his three ranking titles at the 1995 Thailand Originate.
The primitive Asian no 1 had runs of 81, ninety 9 and 98 in opposition to the present incumbent Ding, who has reached the quarter-finals of appropriate one ranking tournament this season.
Trump trailed 3-0 to his opponent Williams, England’s world amount 64, who made a damage of 119 in constructing that lead, however it truly went to a decider which lasted 65 minutes.
In that closing physique, Trump trailed by 21 points when he played a free safety on the inexperienced and his opponent secured the match.
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Doherty had runs of 76, 62, 115 and 90 in his glean over Welshman Williams – who himself made breaks of 91, fifty three, 75 and 71 – however the arena champion heads into the defence of his Crucible title having no longer reached a ranking tournament semi-closing since worthwhile the World Originate in August.
Scotland’s Higgins, a four-time world champion, lamented: “Correct now, I’m an furthermore-ran for the World Championship,”
England’s Barry Hawkins used to be furthermore eradicated after a 6-5 defeat to Lu Ning of China.
One more Englishman, Kyren Wilson, eased to a 6-2 victory over Yuan Sijun while Peter Ebdon beat Yan Bingtao by the the same score.
With the defeat of Be aware Selby in the qualifying round and world no 1 Ronnie O’Sullivan’s absence from the tournament, world amount seven Neil Robertson is now the splendid-ranked participant left in the tournament.