Shock China Open exit for O’Sul­li­van

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RON­NIE O’Sul­li­van suf­fered a shock sec­ond round exit at the China Open af­ter los­ing a fi­nal-frame de­cider to world No.51 Mark Joyce.

De­spite pro­duc­ing two cen­tury breaks, the five-time world cham­pion never led in the match and was even­tu­ally knocked out 5-4 as Joyce set up a last-16 meet­ing with home favourite Ding Jun­hui.

Joyce made a 137 clear­ance in the sev­enth frame to move 4-3 ahead af­ter O’Sul­li­van shot a break of 132, but the Rocket came back to level at four apiece to set up a de­cider, which Joyce then took with 62 points to 34.

Chi­nese player Ding pro­gressed in em­phatic style, hit­ting suc­ces­sive cen­turies of 109 and 127 in the open­ing two frames on his way to a 5-0 white­wash of com­pa­triot Zhou Yue­long. O’Sul­li­van was not the only big-name ca­su­alty of the sec­ond round as two-time World Cham­pi­onship fi­nal­ist Ali Carter sur­ren­dered a 3-2 ad­van­tage to lose 5-3 against world No.28 Michael White.

World cham­pion Mark Selby en­sured his place in round three in rou­tine fash­ion, see­ing off Martin O’Don­nell 5-1, while last year’s win­ner Judd Trump con­tin­ued his ti­tle de­fence with a 5-0 white­wash of Scot­land’s Eden Sharav.

John Hig­gins will face fel­low for­mer world cham­pion Mark Wil­liams in the third round af­ter end­ing his hoodoo against Mark Davis. The veteran Scot, who lost all four of his pre­vi­ous meet­ings with Davis, tri­umphed 5-2, while Welsh­man Wil­liams came from a frame down to beat Michael Holt by the same score­line.

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