Stunned by Chinese teen Yuan Sijun as world champion, Mark Williams leaves early the Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham
- World champion Mark Williams defeated Chinese teen Yuan Sijun 4-3
- Williams led the World Grand Prix game 3-2 before 18-year-old Yuan roared
- Australian Neil Robertson also went out and lost 4-3 to Xiao Guodong
- Ali Carter, Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Judd Trump made it
World champion Mark Williams followed Ronnie O’Sullivan when he left the Coral World Grand Prix early on after a shocking 4-3 defeat to Chinese teen Yuan Sijun.
Welshman Williams had taken a break of 138 to take the fourth frame and make the game 2-2, before moving on to a re-spotted black that brought him in sight of victory.
However, 18-year-old Yuan, who beat John Higgins from last week’s German Masters in Berlin, responded with a great 131 clearance to force a decider who claimed the world No. 67 76-0.
Mark Williams, pictured at last week’s Berlin Masters, was knocked out of the Coral World Grand Prix by Chinese teen Yuan Sijun
Elsewhere during Tuesday’s early games at the Cheltenham Racecourse site, Chinese Xiao Guodong caused another surprise with a 4-3 win over Australian No. 10 Australian Neil Robertson.
Ali Carter advanced to the last 16 after a 4-3 win over Martin O’Donnell, while Mark Davis eliminated Jimmy Robertson, also of the same score, in the last game of the afternoon session.
In Tuesday’s evening session, Judd Trump stopped a brawl of Stuart Carrington to continue with a decisive round of decisions.
Yuan Sijun defeated world champion Williams 4-3 at the Cheltenham tournament
A pause of 122, and a 53rd century of the season, had seemingly given world number five 3-0 control, only for Carrington to rally and tie the game. However, Trump ended the win when he took a tense frame seven 61-40.
Stephen Maguire defeated Mark King 4-1 to book his place against Yuan in the last 16, while China’s No. 1 Ding Junhui recovered from losing the opening box to impress when he beat Jack Lisowski 4-1 – with a clearance of 126 along the way.
In Tuesday’s other late game, Tom Ford knocked out world number 18 Joe Perry, won 4-3 over another decider for the final frame, then will face Trump for a quarter-finals spot.