Snooker: Walker cruises into last 32 of Wuxi Classic

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Talented Sheffield youngster Joel Walker is through to the last 32 of the Wuxi Classic after a comfortable victory over Alex Davies in their best-of-nine frames clash.

The 19-year-old, who qualified for the event in China last month, recorded an impressive 5-2 win and will face either Chen Zhe or Ben Woollaston in the tournament tomorrow.

However, Walker’s close pal Adam Duffy bowed out of the first ranking event of the season following a 5-3 loss to Lu Ning in the wildcard round.

As expected, Ding Junhui led the home challenge, edging out Jamie Burnett five frames to three. The Sheffield-based cueman will next lock horns with Joe Perry.

It was arguably six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White who produced the biggest shock of the first round by beating defending champion and world number nine Ricky Walden 5-2.

But there was disappointment for Reanne Evans, the first female qualifier for the main stages of a ranking event, as she crashed out in the wildcard round. The nine-time World Ladies Champion was beaten 5-2 by China’s Zhu Yinghui, denying her a first-round showdown with World No 1 Neil Robertson.