Stuart Bingham and Luca Brecel crash out of World Championship

Day four of the World Championship saw two more big names crash out of the World Championship early doors – leaving snooker’s biggest tournament wide open.

Former world champion Stuart Bingham suffered a 10-7 loss to fast improving star Jack Lisowski and Belgium’s Luca Brecel’s disappointing form continued as he was knocked out by Ricky Walden, losing 10-6.

Stuart Bingham. Picture by Monique Limbos

It means going into Day 5 of this year’s World Championship FIVE of the top seeds – Mark Selby, Marco Fu, Shaun Murphy, Bingham and Brecel – are out of the competition.

And another top seed is in trouble as Neil Robertson, who lifted the world title eight years ago, was left with much work to do as he trailed Gloucestershire’s Robert Milkins 6-3 at the halfway stage.

Luca Brecel. Picture: BBC Sport

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Ding Junhui delivered a strong statement of intent winning all four frames of the final session against fellow Chinese star Xiao Guodong to complete a 10-6 victory.

Ding who was a World Championship runner-up two years ago, is competing to lift the world title for the first time and also become the first Asian player to do so.

And Mark Williams, winner of two ranking titles this season, took complete control of his first round match against Jimmy Robertson – taking a huge 7-2 lead into the final session to be played on Wednesday morning.

On Monday night Barry Hawkins came through a tough battle against Stuart Carrington to set up an exciting last 16 battle with China’s rising star Lyu Haotian who knocked out Fu during the opening weekend.

Wednesday will see four times world champion John Higgins start his Crucible campaign against Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Judd Trump begins his quest to win the World Championship for the first time by taking on Chris Wakelin.

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