World number one Judd Trump suffered a shock 4-2 defeat against Lee Walker in the last 32 stage of the 19.com English Open in Crawley.
Trump’s next event will be the Yushan World Open later this month
Trump has won five titles within the past year, including the World Championship, but this time he couldn’t get the better of a player ranked 80 places below him.
Breaks of 74 and 67 put Welshman Walker 2-0 ahead, then Trump recovered with 135 and 101 for 2-2. But it was Walker who finished the stronger player as a run of 59 helped give him frame five, and a 65 in the next put him in control. Trump got the three snookers he needed on the colours, but his opponent converted a superb long pot on the brown to seal the result.
Walker almost didn’t make it to the last 32 as he was 3-0 down to Robbie Williams last night, but hit back to win 4-3. He now meets Gary Wilson.
“Mark Williams had the car started last night, he was ready to give me a lift home!” said 43-year-old Walker, a Crucible quarter-finalist back in 1997. “The way I played to win last night gave me a lot of confidence today. To beat the world number one and World Champion on a TV table is very pleasing. I really enjoyed it.
“I’m trying to play a bit quicker, you can see that in some of the breaks I am knocking in. I’ll give it my all tonight.”
Neil Robertson is also heading out of Crawley after a 4-0 reverse against world number 52 Zhao Xintong, who made breaks of 68 and 71. The 22-year-old is one of five Chinese players in the line up for the last 16, which will be played on Thursday evening.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is yet to find top form this week but he booked his fourth round spot with a 4-1 defeat of Hossein Vafaei. Iran’s Vafaei took the opening frame on a respotted black but O’Sullivan won the next four with top breaks of 55, 52, 60 and 56.
China Championship winner Shaun Murphy kept up his hopes of winning back-to-back ranking titles as he beat Fan Zhengyi 4-0 with a top break of 69.
Mark Selby top scored with 77 in a 4-2 win over Michael Holt while Mark Allen made a 72 in a 4-1 defeat of Louis Heathcote.
China’s 17-year-old Si Jiahui continued his superb run with a 4-0 win over Zhou Yuelong, making breaks of 92 and 78.
Ricky Walden came from 3-1 down to beat Michael Holt 4-3, making a 63 clearance in the deciding frame.
Xiao Guodong edged out Jack Lisowski 4-3 while Tom Ford made a 124 in a 4-3 win over Kyren Wilson.
There were also wins for David Gilbert, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Barry Hawkins, Gary Wilson, Tian Pengfei and Mei Xiwen.
Last 16 line up, from 7pm Thursday
Si Jiahui v Tian Pengfei
Tom Ford v Shaun Murphy
Zhao Xintong v David Gilbert
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Ricky Walden
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Mei Xiwen
Xiao Guodong v Mark Selby
Mark Allen v Barry Hawkins
Gary Wilson v Lee Walker