Welsh Open 2013 – Day 3 Report

A BRILLIANT performance from Joe Perry saw him produce the shock result of Day 3 of the Welsh Open as he knocked out world number one Mark Selby.

Breaks of 74 and 111 helped Perry to won of his best wins in a long while as the UK Championship and Masters winner suffered a surprising whitewash defeat at the Newport Centre.

On a dramatic day of action, world number 2 Judd Trump looked set for another surprising early exit when he trailed 3-1 to Welshman Dominic Dale.

But Trump, who suffered early exits in both the UK Championship and German Masters, showed his fighting ability and won the next three frames to clinch a nail-biting 4-3 win.

Ding Junhui remained on course to defend his Welsh Open title after beating Mark King 4-0 to storm into the last 16 stage. After a close first frame, Ding showed his world class with breaks of  137, 115 and 57 to seal a 4-0 win and book a second round clash against Mark Allen.

With the earlier exit of Dale, there was to be more disappointment for the home crowd as Mark Williams’ pursuit of the title ended early after defeat to Robert Milkins.

Breaks of 50 and 59 put Milkins 2-0 up before Williams took the third frame on the blue. Runs of 32 and 45 gave Milkins the fourth frame and he secured the win with a break of 87 to earn a last 16 match against Sam Baird.

Williams’ defeat mean Matthew Stevens is the only Welsh player left standing in the competition as it approaches the last 16 stage.

Another surprise on the third day saw this season’s Wuxi Classic winner Ricky Walden suffer a 4-1 defeat to Leicester’s Tom Ford.

There was no such difficulty for Stuart Bingham who eased into the next round with a 4-0 victory over Craig Steadman.

Elsewhere, Andrew Higginson fought back from behind to see off the challenge of Gloucestershire youngster Michael Wasley and Graeme Dott booked his place in the last 16 with a typical display to beat Fergal O’Brien.


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