THE TWO men who competed in the 2013 German Masters final crashed out of this year’s tournament on its opening day.
Defending champion Ali Carter suffered a surprise last 64 exit after he was beaten 5-4 by Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng despite having a 4-2 lead.
Poomjaeng battled back to force a decider before a break of 62 helped him knock out last year’s winner.
And last year’s runner-up Marco Fu also crashed out after he lost 5-2 to Paul Davison at Berlin’s Tempodrom.
Other big names to suffer defeat on an eventful first day of the annual ranking event were Stuart Bingham who fell to a surprise 5-3 defeat to Peter Lines and reigning World Open winner Mark Allen lost out to Anthony McGill by the same score in the evening session.
The world’s top two ranked stars had no such problem reaching the last 32 stage as both Neil Robertson and Mark Selby recorded emphatic 5-1 wins against Liu Chuang and Jimmy Robertson respectively.
Former world champion and 2011 German Masters champion Mark Williams secured an attractive last 32 tie against Ding Junhui after the Welshman beat David Morris 5-1. Ding beat Mike Dunn 5-1.
Last weekend’s Snooker Shoot Out winner Dominic Dale continued his winning ways with a 5-2 win over Steve Davis but Jimmy White’s struggles this season continued after he fell to a 5-1 defeat to Shanghai Masters finalist Xiao Guodong.
Four times world champion John Higgins beat Gerard Greene 5-2 and Joe Perry’s impressive form continued with a solid 5-2 win over Luca Brecel.
Another exciting match saw talented 19-year-old Joel Walker comeback from 3-0 down to beat Aditya Mehta 5-4.
Other scores from today’s games
Jamie BURNETT 5-2 Ratchayothin YOTHARUCK
Anthony HAMILTON 5-2 Michael WHITE
Barry HAWKINS 5-3 Li HANG
Kurt MAFLIN 5-2 Tom FORD
Rod LAWLER 5-1 Marcus CAMPBELL
Mark DAVIS 5-3 David GILBERT
Graeme DOTT 5-1 Ben WOOLLASTON
Tian PENGFEI 5-3 Andrew HIGGINSON
Alan McMANUS 5-2 Peter EBDON
Jack LISOWSKI 5-0 Thepchaiya UN-NOOH