Sheffield’s Adam Duffy loses out on China series

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SHEFFIELD potter Adam Duffy has failed to qualify for this season’s Haikou World Open in China.

Eckington-based Duffy was hopeful of qualifying for the major ranking tournament, but the world No 62 slipped to a 5-1 second round defeat to Chinese cueman Chen Zhe yesterday at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

And with defeat Duffy missed out on a mouth-watering penultimate qualifying round clash with golden oldie Steve Davis, the six-time world champion. Duffy found himself 2-0 behind after Zhe, there world No 78, pocketed breaks of 100 and 54 power ahead.

But Duffy pinched a third frame on the final pink to restore confidence.

However, it was one-way traffic after then as Zhe reeled of the next three frames with breaks of 37, 34 and 67 to progress to the next phase. Other victors on the second day of qualifying were Glaswegian Anthony McGill, who beat compatriot Scott Donaldson 5-3. Liam Highfield, Liu Chuang, Robbie Williams and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh all won.