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Tang trumps Judd in style

CHINA'S Tang Jun sprang a surprise in the wildcard round of the China Open in Beijing yesterday, beating world No. 41 Judd Trump 5-3.

Englishman Trump lost the opening frame to his unheralded opponent, but responded with a break of 100 to level the match.

Tang, willed on by a partisan crowd, pulled ahead to lead 3-1 at the mid-session interval, but Trump fought back to trail 3-4.

The Briton then had a golden chance to level the match at 4-4, but missed the final black of the eighth frame - letting in Tang to sink a tricky long pot and set up a first-round meeting with Peter Ebdon.

Rod Lawler was another Englishman to miss out, losing to another Chinese Yu Lude by the same score. Yu will take on Graeme Dott of Scotland in the first round proper.

John Parrott lost another England-China encounter, falling 0-5 to Cao Xinlong.

There was better news for English players elsewhere in the wildcard round, however.

Shanghai Masters champion Ricky Walden made a break of 105 on his way to white-washing another local favorite Cao Kaisheng 5-0. Walden will face Joe Perry, a semifinalist at last year's world championships, next.

Walden, 26, is looking for his second ranking title in China, following his shock triumph at the Shanghai Masters in October, when he overcame Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final.

Stuart Pettman also advanced, beating China's Cao Yupeng 5-2 to set up a clash with Mark Allen of Northern Ireland.


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