International Championship

Impressive Delu stuns Bingham

World champion Stuart Bingham suffered an early exit in the International Championship after crashing out to China’s Yu Delu.

The world number two admitted he played ‘badly’ after crashing out of the ranking event in the second round, losing to the world number 55 6-2.

Stuart Bingham. Picture by Monique Limbos

Stuart Bingham. Picture by Monique Limbos

Delu, who last year recorded a famous win against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the PTC Grand Finals, raced to a 3-0 lead with top breaks of 72 and 48 before Bingham hit back by reducing his arrears to 3-2.

But the Basildon man could not stop the 28-year-old from recording one of his most impressive victories of his career as he took the next three frames to earn a place in the Last 32.

Except for a run to the semi-finals in the Shanghai Masters last month, Bingham has failed to reproduce the form which saw him win the World Championship for the first time in May.

After the match Bingham told World Snooker: “I missed easy balls in the first few frames, I was gifting him chances. I should have wrapped the last two frames up earlier. Yu practises near me in Essex so I know how good he is, but I played badly.”

Elsewhere, world number four Neil Robertson had no such problem as he cruised into the third round with a 6-2 win over Martin O’Donnell. The Australian compiled breaks of 90, 86, 58, 127 and 104 to set up a third round tie against Fergal O’Brien.

China’s number one star Ding Junhui followed up his first round win on Sunday with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Craig Steadman to reach the third round.

Four times world champion John Higgins, who won this season’s Australian Open title, beat talented China born teenager Zhao Xintong by the same score despite Zhao making a 142 – the highest break of the tournament so far.

John Higgins. Picture by Monique Limbos

John Higgins. Picture by Monique Limbos

Breaks of 88 and 51 helped Shaun Murphy to a 6-2 win over Luca Brecel and Tian Pengfei, who beat defending champion Ricky Walden yesterday (Sunday), continued his good form beating Cao Yupeng by the same score.

A superb comeback from Jack Lisowski saw him progress to the third round.Breaks of 100 and 62 from 5-4 down helped Lisowski beat Ali Carter in an epic encounter.

There were also final frame decider wins for Ben Woollaston and David Gilbert against Robbie Williams and Xiao Guodong respectively.

Peter Ebdon thrashed fellow former world champion Ken Doherty 6-0 to setup a Last 32 showdown against Graeme Dott – a repeat of the 2006 World Championship final.

Tuesday will see all third round matches played to a conclusion.

International Championship – Third Round draw

Tian PENGFEI vs Liang WENBO
Kyren WILSON vs Mark ALLEN
Mark WILLIAMS vs Thepchaiya UN-NOOH
Zhou YUELONG vs Sanderson LAM
Barry HAWKINS vs Jimmy ROBERTSON
Jack LISOWSKI vs Marco FU
Oliver LINES vs David GILBERT
Ryan DAY vs Ding JUNHUI
Mark SELBY vs Anthony McGILL
Lee WALKER vs Michael WHITE
Graeme DOTT vs Peter EBDON
Fergal O’BRIEN vs Neil ROBERTSON
Shaun MURPHY vs Jamie JONES
Michael HOLT vs John HIGGINS
Joe PERRY vs Dominic DALE
Ben WOOLLASTON vs Yu DELU

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