PROMISING star Jack Lisowski had a day to remember after pulling off a major upset in beating world number one Judd Trump on a day full of surprises in the China Open.
The Cheltenham born star, who beat Mark Selby earlier this month in the PTC Grand Finals, showed the snooker world once again of the bright future he has after knocking out his close friend with a 5-3 win.
In a fast-moving and high quality match, Trump had the better of the first five frames leading 3-2 lead despite high breaks of 85 and 131 from his opponent.
But the 21-year-old then produced a stunning spell of snooker which showcased his rising star status by winning the next three frames with classy breaks of 63, 80 and 94.
Lisowski will next meet either Mark Davis or Dechawat Poomjaeng in a bid to make his first ever quarter-final of a major ranking event.
The defeat for Trump, who was crowned China Open champion in 2011, will come as a blow in regard to his preparations for the World Championship which begins next month.
And that was not the only surprise in store in Beijing as two more of snooker’s elite crashed to first round defeats.
Four times world champion John Higgins is out after losing 5-4 to Robert Milkins. The Scot was looking in good touch when he took a 3-1 lead before the Gloucestershire star hit back to win four of the last five frames.
And world number 10 Matthew Stevens failed to build on his momentum after reaching the World Open final last month as he suffered a surprising 5-2 defeat to Rory McLeod.
Peter Ebdon’s defence of the title he won last year did not last long as his bad season continued with a 5-2 defeat to Marcus Campbell.
Day 2 also saw last 32 wins for Ali Carter and Shaun Murphy who beat Zhao Xintong and Andrew Higginson respectively. The day’s one remaining wildcard match saw Poomjaeng reach the first round after a comfortable 5-2 victory against Zhu Yinghui.
Wednesday’s highlights include home favourite and the in-form man Ding Junhui in action against Barry Hawkins and world number two Mark Selby faces Mark King.