Davis shocks Ding in China

Mark Davis at the table against Ding Junhui in the Wuxi Classic. Picture courtesy Tai Chengzhe, TOP147.com
Mark Davis at the table against Ding Junhui in the Wuxi Classic. Picture courtesy Tai Chengzhe, TOP147.com

Mark Davis shocked home favourite Ding Junhui this afternoon (Tuesday).

The St Leonards snooker player pulled off a 5-2 victory over the Chinese world number 11 in round one of the Wuxi Classic.

The first two frames were shared before 19th-ranked Davis opened the third with a 61 only for Ding to come back and pinch it. Davis took the fourth with runs of 39 and 85, however, to level at the interval.

Davis opened the next with a 32 en route to taking a 3-2 lead and then pulled through a tight sixth frame. A break of 39 in frame seven completed victory over a player who beat him three times last season.

His reward is a second round tie against Jamie Burnett, the world number 39 from Scotland who knocked out former world champion Neil Robertson 5-1 earlier today. That match will take place on Thursday afternoon.