Defending champion Mark Williams and China's Ding Junhui both
bid farewell to the 2007 China Open snooker tournament in Beijing
Jamie Cope rattled in quick-fire breaks 134, 68, 72, 104 and 86
to easily oust Williams with a 5-1 win.
Williams, who beat John Higgins 9-8 in last year's final, has
seen his rankings slip along with his form, falling to 10th in
"That's one of the best performances I've ever seen against me.
He hardly missed a ball and I didn't get much of a look-in," said
the former world champion.
"That's the best game I've played for a long time, If I keep
playing like that I can beat anyone, so maybe I could be the
champion," said Cope.
The only cloud to cast umbrage on Cope's day of glory was his
inability to secure a 147-break.
In the fourth frame, he missed a tricky red whilst on a 72
break. A less understandable mistake was his miscue on the
penultimate red whilst on 104 in the fifth.
"I make a lot of 147s in practice so I always go for them when I
have a chance, it's a shame I couldn't make one this time," added
Cope will face Stuart Bingham in the last 16 after Bingham beat
former world champion Steve Davis 5-4 in a final-frame
Barry Hawkins stunned the Beijing crowd by ousting home favorite
Ding Junhui, 5-3. Hawkins told Ding early on he was in for a fight
with a beautiful 116 clearance, before blazing ahead with a series
of strong breaks, totaling 134, 77, 59 and 73, in a match that ran
over three hours.
"Clearly, Ding was under pressure, and he still did his best,"
said Hawkins. The distraught Ding made no comment although a mass
of journalists accosted him.
Ding's defeat capped a black day for Chinese snooker hopes since
all its cueists were eliminated after Li Hang was beaten by Ken
Doherty 5-1, and team mate Mei Xiwen capitulated 5-1 to former
world champion Shaun Murphy 5-1.
"I didn't score that heavily, but it was my first professional
victory in China, so it meant a lot to me," said Murphy.
"Clearly, I am not in the same league as British professional
players, such as Murphy. I hope next time I can do better," said
(Xinhua News Agency March 29, 2007)