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.