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Bingham and Robertson Fall on Morning Of Shocks

The opening morning of the Evergrande China Championship saw great victories for home players Yan Bingtao and Li Hang, as they saw off former World Champions Stuart Bingham and Neil Robertson respectively.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Yan recorded a 5-3 defeat of Bingham and has got his second campaign on the World Snooker Tour off to a strong start. He’s won 4 of his opening 5 matches this season.

Bingham had led 2-0, but the exciting 17-year-old showed his mental strength and battled back to level at 2-2. A break of 59 then helped Yan to claim the lead for the first time at 3-2. Bingham restored parity in the next, but the home favourite Yan closed out the match by winning the next two frames.

Li’s narrow 5-4 defeat of Hong Kong Open Robertson was one of the best of his career so far.

Robertson had come into this event in good form after clinching the Hong Kong Masters title last month. He battled past Mark Selby, Marco Fu and Ronnie O’Sullivan to lift the title in a star studded invitational field. However, despite that the Australian is in need of some strong showings in ranking events. He currently lies outside of the top 16 in the race to the Masters.

26-year-old Li was on the verge of victory when he led 4-2, but runs of 56 and 63 saw Robertson force a decider. It was Li who took it to book a last 32 meeting with Michael White or Xiao Guodong.

World number 46 Mark Joyce produced a shock 5-2 defeat of two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill. The Englishman came up with a devastating burst of form from 2-2. He made breaks of 72, 80 and 134 to power over the line with three frames on the bounce.

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