China’s Lyu Haotian earns impressive win to secure China Open place

China’s talented star Lyu Haotian continued his best season yet by beating one of this season’s top stars to secure a place in the China Open.

Lyu Haotian. Picture by Monique Limbos

The 20-year beat world number 17 Ryan Day, who just a fortnight ago reached the quarter-finals of The Masters, to cause one of the most surprising results of the China Open qualifiers so far.

Haotian has had a great season so far reaching the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open before making it through to the Last 16 of the UK Championship.

And Haotian will hope for more success in Beijing this April after beating Day – who won this season’s Riga Masters – 6-3 in Barnsley.

The talented star, who has won more than £50,000 in prize money this season, made breaks of 75, 64, 118, 66 and 78 to knock out the Welshman.

The defeat could be a huge blow to Day’s hopes of securing a guaranteed place in the World Championship which follows the China Open at the end of the season.

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