THE SECOND day of Welsh Open qualifiers saw several surprise results as some much fancied favourites suffered early exits.
The first round qualifiers fully kicked into gear following Wednesday’s opening two matches.
And the day began with a big surprise as Welshman Jamie Jones suffered a 4-1 defeat to Passakorn Suwannawat. The defeat means Jones, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship last season, will not be able to play at the venue stage of his home tournament.
Another Welshman suffering a straight first round exit was young promising star Michael White who lost 4-2 to Paul Davison.
Chinese star Liu Chuang made it straight to the venue stage after beating Chen Zhe 4-2. Chuang will face Mark Williams in Newport which will be a repeat of last season’s first round encounter in the World Championship which saw Williams cruise to victory.
Belgian talent Luca Brecel, who reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship back in December, was shown the exit door after losing 4-1 to Sam Baird.
This afternoon’s games saw promising star Jack Lisowski miss out on a run in the Welsh Open after he was beaten 4-1 by Ian Burns. Cao Yupeng crashed to a 4-2 defeat to Martin O’Donnell and Craig Steadman stormed into the last 64 with a 4-0 victory over Yu Delu.
There was also disappointment for Andy Hicks who lost 4-3 to Duane Jones.
The evening session saw a fantastic result for youngster Gareth Allen who booked his place into the venue stage and set up a match against John Higgins after beating Rory McLeod 4-2.
Mike Dunn eased through to the venue stage to meet Judd Trump after a 4-1 win over Liam Highfield and Daniel Wells beat former world championship semi-finalist James Wattana to book a trip to Newport to face Dominic Dale.
Youngster Michael Wasley produced one of the best results of his season so far when he beat Scotland’s Anthony McGill 4-1 to reach the last 64 stage.
Friday sees the resumption of the first round matches and the start of the second round matches as the countdown to the Welsh Open begins to intensify.
Welsh Open – Round 2 Qualifiers (Last 64 Stage)
Dechawat Poomjaeng vs Ding Junhui*, Aditya Mehta vs Mark King, Passakorn Suwannawat vs Marco Fu, Barry Pinches vs Mark Allen, Gerard Greene vs Ali Carter, Sam Baird vs Martin Gould, Paul Davison vs Robert Milkins, Liu Chuang vs Mark Williams*, Duane Jones vs Neil Robertson, Ian Burns vs Jamie Cope, Craig Steadman vs Jamie Burnett, Matthew Selt vs Stuart Bingham, Martin O’Donnell vs Ricky Walden, Justin Astley vs Tom Ford, David Gilbert vs Ken Doherty, Gareth Allen vs John Higgins*, Mike Dunn vs Judd Trump*, Daniel Wells vs Dominic Dale*, Adam Duffy vs Andrew Higginson, Michael Wasley vs Mark Davis, Rod Lawler/Li Yan vs Graeme Dott, Nigel Bond/Joel Walker vs Fergal O’Brien, Peter Lines/Pankaj Advani vs Peter Ebdon, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh/Michael Leslie vs Shaun Murphy, Mark Joyce/Tian Pengfei vs Stephen Maguire, Anthony Hamilton/Sean O’Sullivan vs Marcus Campbell, Liang Wenbo/Tony Drago vs Ryan Day*, Alfie Burden/Scott Donaldson vs Matthew Stevens*, Jimmy White/Zhang Anda vs Barry Hawkins, Alan McManus/Jamie O’Neill vs Michael Holt, Jimmy Robertson/Robbie Williams vs Joe Perry, Steve Davis/Kurt Maflin vs Mark Selby*
* Matches to be held for the venue stage at the Newport Centre w/c February 11