Davis beaten in World Championship qualifying
Snooker star Mark Davis suffered disappointment in his quest to qualify for the Betfred World Championship.
The St Leonards potter was beaten 10-5 by Chinese cueman Zhang Anda in round two of the qualifiers after losing the final five frames.
Davis trailed 5-4 after a tight opening session on Sunday afternoon. The world number 26 won the opening frame, but lost the next three as 71st-ranked Zhang knocked in breaks of 50 and 81.
Zhang didn’t pot a ball in the next two frames, however, as Davis levelled at 3-3 aided by a magnificent run of 130 in frame six.
The 24-year-old Zhang clinched frames seven and eight, the latter with a break of 80, to guarantee himself an advantage at the end of the session before Davis took the ninth with a 63.
World seniors champion Davis edged the first frame of the second session yesterday (Monday) afternoon to level at 5-5, but it was all-Zhang thereafter.
Zhang opened up an 8-5 lead at the interval with the help of a 51 break in frame 12 before rattling through the final two frames in a single visit with runs of 80 and 81.
The 43-year-old Davis previously overcame English amateur Adam Duffy 10-7 in the opening round having led 6-3 after the opening session.
Bexhill-based Jimmy Robertson, meanwhile, will take on Alan McManus in the final round of qualifying. The first session will get under way from 11am today, with the second session following at the same time tomorrow.
World number 36 Robertson has been in superb form during the opening rounds, whitewashing Tyler Rees 10-0 and seeing off Stuart Carrington 10-5.
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