Haikou World Open – Day 2 Report

WELSH OPEN winner Ding Junhui has crashed out of the Haikou World Open after a shock defeat to a wildcard entrant.

Just nine days after his triumph in Newport, Ding failed to build on his title success in his native China by suffering a surprise and heavy 5-1 defeat to fellow countryman Jin Long.

Long, who knocked out qualifier Sam Baird on Monday to reach the last 32 stage, made the better start and took a 3-1 lead going into the mid-session interval.

Then after the break, a run of 76 put Jin within just one frame of a famous victory before he secured the shock win in the sixth frame after two solid visits to the table.

Elsewhere, it proved a decent day for the top-seeds in action all except for Australian Goldfields winner Stuart Bingham who crashed out in humiliating style losing 5 – 0 to the in-form world number 34 Michael Holt. The Nottingham ace will now meet the winner of Mark Selby or Lu Ning in the second round.

Bristol’s potting sensation Judd Trump was in fine form today beating an out-of-sorts Andrew Higginson 5-0 to book his place in the last 16 and Stephen Lee also recorded a white-wash against Welshman Dominic Dale.

Despite not being in his best form current world champion John Higgins did enough to beat Marco Fu 5-3 and Shaun Murphy beat fellow Englishman Ricky Walden by the same scoreline to book his place in the last 16 stage. 

Scotland’s Graeme Dott gained sweet revenge over Barry Hawkins beating him 5-2. Hawkins beat Dott in the grand final of the World Snooker Shoot-Out last month in Blackpool. 

Top seeds in action on Wednesday include Mark Selby (vs Lu Ning), Neil Robertson (vs Stephen Hendry), Mark Williams (vs Mark King) and German Masters finalist Stephen Maguire (vs Robert Milkins) as the last 32 stage draws to a close.

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