International Championship 2013 – Day 2 Report

Judd Trump

Judd Trump

DEFENDING champion Judd Trump crashed out of the International Championship after falling at the first hurdle in a shock defeat to Alan McManus.

And the world number three was not the only big casualty on an eventful second day of the major ranking event as both Shaun Murphy and Stephen Maguire suffered first round defeats in Chengdu.

Trump, who won the first ever International Championship last year after a thrilling final win over Neil Robertson, lost out 6-5 to the veteran Scot despite at one stage being on course for victory.

The Bristol star, who was runner-up of the World Championship in 2011, had a 4-3 lead before McManus turned the match round to lead 5-4.

A century break from Trump forced a decider but it was McManus’ day as breaks of 23 and 31 proved decisive.

World number six Shaun Murphy’s five-year wait for a major ranking title goes on after he fell to a 6-4 loss to the improving David Gilbert in a high quality encounter.

The first eight frames were shared with both players making top breaks of 100 and 74 and 125 and 90 respectively.

But breaks of 71 and 62 gave Gilbert a memorable last 64 win against the former world champion.

And 21-year-old Kyren Wilson continued his rise in the game after beating world number five Stephen Maguire 6-3 to earn a place in the last 32.

Elsewhere, the world’s top two ranked players Neil Robertson and Mark Selby made it through to the second round. Robertson beat a determined Alex Davies 6-4 and Selby whitewashed Jamie Burnett 6-0.

China’s Ding Junhui remains on course in his bid to be the first player to win three consecutive major ranking events since Stephen Hendry despite fellow countryman Cao Yupeng pushing him all the way in an eleven frame thriller.

Shanghai Masters and Indian Open champion Ding looked set for a comfortable win when he led 5-2 but Yupeng came storming back to level the contest and threaten a shock result.

But Ding kept his cool with a match-winning break of 63.

Only 24 hours after achieving one of his best wins of his young career, 16-year-old Zhao Xintong did it once again – this time defeating Craig Steadman 6-2 to follow up his impressive wildcard win over Steve Davis on Sunday.

World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins ended Jimmy White’s run in the competition with a comfortable 6-2 win and former world champion Peter Ebdon beat Jack Lisowski by the same score.

Another former world champion Mark Williams reached the last 32 with a 6-2 win over Paul Davison and Australian Open winner Marco Fu defeated Adam Duffy by the same scoreline.

There were also wins for Rod Lawler, Xiao Guodong, Fergal O’Brien, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Peter Lines, Ryan Day and James Wattana.

International Championship 2013 – Last 32 Draw:

Alan McManus vs Ryan DAY
Fergal O’BRIEN vs Rod LAWLER
Mark ALLEN vs Dave HAROLD
Joe PERRY vs David GILBERT
Barry HAWKINS vs Zhao XINTONG
Xiao GUODONG vs Marco FU
Stuart BINGHAM vs Martin GOULD
Peter LINES vs Mark SELBY
Neil ROBERTSON vs Thepchaiya UN-NOOH
Peter EBDON vs Mark JOYCE
John HIGGINS vs Matthew STEVENS
James WATTANA vs Ding JUNHUI
Kyren WILSON vs Graeme DOTT
Mark WILLIAMS vs Kurt MAFLIN
Mark DAVIS vs Stuart CARRINGTON
Liang WENBO vs Ronnie O’SULLIVAN

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