Snooker: Duffy suffers heavy loss in Welsh Open

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World number 72 Adam Duffy bowed out of the Welsh Open at the first hurdle last night.

The Sheffield cueman was beaten 4-0 by Jack Lisowski in the world ranking event at the Newport Centre.

It is a big setback for Duffy, who narrowly lost to former world champion Shaun Murphy in the China Open qualifiers earlier this week.

Young amateur potter Mitchell Travis fared no better against Ronnie O’Sullivan on Wednesday night. Clearances of 53 and 81 helped the five-time world champion establish a three frame lead.

Travis edged a scrappy fourth frame but O’Sullivan booked his place in the next round by winning the fifth.

Fellow Sheffielder Joel Walker is in action today, taking on Pankaj Advani.

John Higgins, meanwhile, inflicted a clinical 4-0 defeat on Tony Drago yesterday but 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon was on the wrong end of the same scoreline against China’s Li Hang.

Ebdon dropped the opening frame despite a 50 break and never recovered, Li making 59 in the second and pushing on from there.

In the evening session, there were 4-0 wins for Mark Selby, Martin Gould and most notably Noppon Saengkham. The Thai player thrashed six-time world champion Steve Davis.