China star Junhui suffers early exit
HUNDREDS of Chinese snooker fans were left disappointed after local hero Ding Junhui suffered an early exit in the Wuxi Classic.
Junhui, Neil Robertson and Martin Gould were all first-round casualties at the tournament in China – the first ranking event of the season.
Junhui, pictured, suffered a 5-2 defeat to Englishman Mark Davis.
Davis was in great form, dominating the table – Junhui scored just 54 points in the last three frames of the match.
Davis said: "I believed I could win the match, of course I did. I've played Ding quite a few times and he's got the edge on me, that's for sure.
"It wasn't a particularly good game – Ding didn't play anywhere near as well as he can and fortunately for me that was the case and I managed to win a couple of frames that could've gone either way and then got over the line."
Davis' victory over Junhui set him up to face another giant-killer in round two – Scotland's Jamie Burnett.
He beat 2010 world champion Neil Robertson, 5-1.
Jamie Cope knocked out world number 14 Gould, 5-3.
Elsewhere, two-time world championship finalist Mark Selby lost 5-3 to Fergal O'Brien, and Stuart Bingham edged out Peter Ebdon, 5-4.