Davis ends Williams' Chengdu challenge

Fourth seed Mark Williams was dumped out of the International Championship at the first round stage today as Mark Davis produced an impressive performance in Chengdu.

Fourth seed Mark Williams was dumped out of the International Championship at the first round stage today as Mark Davis produced an impressive performance in Chengdu.

The 40-year-old was a 6-4 winner over the two-time world champion, sealing the success in style with a clearing 138.

He had gone 3-0 ahead against an off-colour Williams, who stayed in things at the interval with a 74.

He should have made it 3-2 having got in with 57, only for Davis to return to the table and scrape a close one, before Williams responded with a clinical 80.

But Davis, who is looking to move into the top 16 this week, edged to 5-2 and, despite Williams fighting to 5-4, he held his nerve to see things out with the highest break of the tournament so far.

“I played really well, although I made a few silly mistakes,” the Six-Red World Title winner told worldsnooker.com.

“Mark is a legend of the game but he was not at his best today. It’s a long season and you can’t play well in every event.”

Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire won his all-Scottish clash with Jamie Burnett 6-3.

The China Open runner-up, who will now face the man who beat him in that event, Peter Ebdon, was in fine touch as he racked up scores of 73, 93, 102 and 118.

“I felt a lot of pressure today because I’ve been here a few days, it’s a long way from home and you don’t want to go out early,” said Maguire.

Mark Allen is also through to the next round, top-scoring with 124 as he got past Robert Milkins 6-2.

Curiously, his next match will be against Cao Yupeng, the player he accused of being dishonest at the World Championships in April. Cao beat John Higgins in the first round.

The morning’s other session saw Marco Fu beat Martin Gould by the odd frame in 11.

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