World Open 2016: Three World Champions depart in Round Two

Reigning World Champion Mark Selby was joined by Stuart Bingham and Graeme Dott in an early exit.

World Open 2016: Three World Champions depart in Round Two
Bingham and Selby are both out (photo: Sporting Life)

The shocks continued in China as a host of famous names departed the World Open before the last sixteen.

Reputation counts for nothing 

Playing in his first major ranking event since that World Championship success in May, Leicester's Mark Selby was stunned by Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in a 5-3 defeat. 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham was also defeated by the same scoreline as his nemesis Ali Carter defeated him oncemore. Carter has now won 11 of the 12 meetings between the two, including their first round World Championship match three months ago.

One former World Champion was already guaranteed a second round exit when Graeme Dott met Mark Williams. Dott found himself 4-3 ahead only to get pegged back in the final two frames to lose to his Welsh counterpart. 

Shocks across the board

The surprises were evident across the day's play as world number 72 Daniel Wells whitewashed the talented Kyren Wilson in double quick time. Ben Woollaston saw off home favourite Ding Junhui almost as quickly, securing a 5-1 win in a rare success for an English player this week. Wales' Ryan Day was another player to spring a surprise as he defeated Barry Hawkins in a final frame decider.

Local hero Ding Junhui is also out of the competition (photo : Getty Images )
Local hero Ding Junhui is also out of the competition (photo : Getty Images )

As the day began to draw to a close, there was still time for further upsets. Zhang Anda stormed past Judd Trump with a 5-2 win before Anthony McGill continued his good form after winning the Indian Open, defeating Ricky Walden 5-1.

The unpredictable string of results leaves the door wide open for the three top ten players that remain. 2015 winner Shaun Murphy defeated Jimmy Robertson without conceding a frame, whilst Latvia Open winner Neil Robertson tore through Thor Chaun Leong with a 5-1 victory. John Higgins made life difficult for himself against Michael Holt, but eventually prevailed 5-4.

 

The last sixteen looks as follows:

Shaun Murphy v Kurt Maflin

Joe Perry v Ben Woollaston

Neil Robertson v Ryan Day

David Brown Gilbert v Zhang Anda

Ali Carter v Daniel Wells

Mark Williams v John Higgins

Anthony McGill v Sam Craigie/Matthew Selt

Alan McManus v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh