Ding out in German upset

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TOUR rookie Yu Delu caused a major upset by knocking out Sheffield-based Ding Junhui in the first round of the PartyPoker.net German Masters.

The all-Chinese contest went the way of 24-year-old Yu, who regularly practices in Sheffield at the World Snooker Academy. He surged into a 3-0 lead before holding his nerve to clinch a 5-3 victory. World number nine Ding has had a disappointing season to date and was far from his best in Berlin where breaks of 68 and 56 from Yu carried the underdog, 73rd in the rankings, to his surprising success.

In no way surprising was the way in which Judd Trump cruised through his opening match, beating Pickering’s Paul Davison 5-1.