Day 2 of the China Open continued the theme of shock results and big names heading home, none more surprising than the Masters champion Judd Trump losing a decider to Robbie Williams.
The win even more impressive when you consider Williams is sitting 64 in the rankings and fighting to keep his tour card.
Joe O’Conner proved his run to the semi’s in the Welsh Open earlier this year was no fluke by gunning down the 4 time World Champion John Higgins again.
The pair had met in the quarters of that Welsh Open with the Englishman winning 5-3, today saw an even more emphatic scoreline with the 23 year old from Leicester through to the second round with a 6-2 victory setting up a match with Hossein Vafaei.
The battle of the former and current World Champion saw another upset when the evergreen Ken Doherty beat Mark Williams 6-4, Doherty another player fighting hard to keep his tour card.
The 2012 China Open Champion Peter Ebdon was too experienced for the talented Yan Bingtao, the 6-2 defeat for Bingtao continued his run of bad form this season a year after narrowly missing out on becoming the youngest ever ranking tournament winner.
David Gilbert has stayed in control of his top 16 crucible destiny with a 6-4 victory over Matthew Selt.
With the chasing pack behind Gilbert being led by Ali Carter and Ryan Day it was of great importance that David won his first match.
Our very own howeveryoulikebreak.com reporter Curtis Braithwaite is in Beijing catching up with all the action. After impressive victories by Robbie Williams, Joe O’Connor and top 16 chasing David Gilbert here’s what they had to say…
By Emma Maflin
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