Snooker: Sad house as Duffy and Trump go out

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Sheffield potter Adam Duffy was knocked out in the first round of the International Open by world number nine Marco Fu.

Duffy lost six frames to two in the world ranking event in Chengdu, China, yesterday.

It was a bad day for Duffy’s new house-mate Judd Trump too as the defending champion suffered a shock defeat to Glaswegian potter Alan McManus. Trump was edged out 6-5.

Neil Robertson booked his place in the next round after a 6-4 victory over Alex Davies but Shaun Murphy lost by the same scoreline to David Gilbert.

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui survived a scare to see off Cao Yupeng 6-5. Ding has moved up to fourth in the world rankings after becoming the first player in 10 years to win back-to-back ranking events in the same season. He clinched the Shanghai Masters and then the Indian Open earlier this month.

Wildcard entry Jimmy White lost 6-2 to Barry Hawkins. White has claimed the World Championship, snooker’s showpiece tournament which takes place in Sheffield, will eventually go to China.

White, a six-time beaten finalist, said: “I would always want to see the World Championship stay where it is but it will go to China one day. I can’t see it not happening.”