Davis beaten in China

Mark Davis lost to Liang Wenbo in round two of the Haikou World Open
Mark Davis lost to Liang Wenbo in round two of the Haikou World Open
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Snooker star Mark Davis was beaten in round two of the Haikou World Open in China this morning (Wednesday).

The St Leonards-based world number 15 lost 5-3 to 21st-ranked Chinese cueman Liang Wenbo - a player he had previously beaten once and lost to once this season.

Wenbo took the opening frame with two 30+ breaks, but Davis rattled through the second in a single visit thanks to a run of 90. Two 40+ efforts gave Wenbo the third without conceding a point and an 80 in frame four put him 3-1 up at the interval.

Davis clinched the next two frames with a best break of 52 to level at 3-3 only for Wenbo to get his nose in front again by winning frame seven with a 52 of his own and then seal victory in the next.

Six-reds world champion Davis, who needs to remain in the world’s top 15 in order to qualify automatically for the season-ending World Championship, previously saw off English amateur Adam Wicheard 5-0 in round one on Monday with top breaks of 77 and 50.

Davis warmed-up for the World Open by taking part in Asian Tour event four last week. He came from 2-0 down to beat Chinese amateur Hu Hao 5-2 in round one with a top break of 55 before losing by the same score to 29th-ranked Ben Woollaston in round two despite a run of 77.