Baird and Bond ousted at World Open

Baird and Bond ousted at World Open
By Eurosport

27/02/2012 at 23:08Updated 28/02/2012 at 00:47

Sam Baird and Nigel Bond went out of the Haikou World Open in the wildcard round while the other six Englishmen in action progressed.

Baird lost 5-3 to Jin Long, who will face compatriot 'Chinese Sensation' Ding Junhui in the last 32, while Bond went down 5-4 to another Chinese in Lu Ning.

    Former Tour player Jin opened up a 3-0 lead with breaks of 50 and 60 before Baird pulled one back.

    After the mid-session interval Jin went 4-1 up before breaks of 73 and 56 from Baird brought him back into the match.

    Jin held his nerve in a dramatic following frame to snatch it on the black.

    "I think I adapted to the match faster than my opponent, my form came earlier on so I could lead 3-1 at the interval," said Jin.

    "He played much better but it was hard for him to catch up with me. If the score went to 4-4 in the eighth frame, it would be hard to say who would win in the end.

    "I will try my best in the match with Ding, I just need to do what I can."

    Tom Ford edged out another home player, 14-year-old Lu Haotian, 5-4 in China.

    Lu led 3-0 against the world number 27 only for Ford to score a century then take the next two frames to level matters.

    Lu moved back ahead before Ford made it 4-4 with an 80 run - and sealed the win in the decider.

    "He was a good player and I think in a few years time nobody will want to play him," said Ford.

    "The wildcards here are all good players but I thought that if a start playing like I can then knew I could win. I'm just going to try and sleep now and keep relaxed for my last 16 match."

    Lu did not make a single half-century in the match. After Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew, Ford moves straight into the last 16.

    Robert Milkins beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 5-3 - despite losing one frame on the black ball thanks to an incredible slice of misfortune which you can see in the video below - while Mark King disposed of Iranian Hossein Vafaei Ayori 5-2.

    In the later session, Jimmy Robertson eased past Zhou Yuelong 5-2 and Joe Perry whitewashed Rouzi Maimaiti, also from China, 5-0.

    Michael Holt continued the English domination over Chinese players, producing the goods in a final-frame decider against 17-year-old qualifier Zhu Yinghui to win 5-4.

    Holt made three of a total of four centuries on the day, including a final-frame 101. His third-frame 135 is the highest of the tournament so far.

    "He played well and didn't do much wrong," said Holt. "He should have won really as he missed [a straightforward] black to go 4-3 [up].

    "I was a bit lucky even though I made some good breaks."

    Former World Championship finalist Bond lost a scrappy last match of the day.

    Lu, 18, next plays world number one Mark Selby after an encounter featuring only two 50-plus breaks - a 51 from Bond and a 94 from Lu. In the final frame a 43 visit gave Lu the win.

    "Before the match I didn't really think I would win but as the match progressed I really started to believe that I could," he said.


    Jin Long (CHN) 5-3 Sam Baird (ENG)

    Tom Ford (ENG) 5-4 Lu Haotian (CHN)

    Mark King (ENG) 5-2 Hossein Vafaei Ayori (IRI)

    Robert Milkins (ENG) 5-3 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (THA)

    Jimmy Robertson (ENG) 5-2 Zhou Yuelong (CHN)

    Joe Perry (ENG) 5-0 Rouzi Maimaiti (CHN)

    Michael Holt (ENG) 5-4 Zhu Yinghui (CHN)

    Lu Ning (CHN) 5-4 Nigel Bond (ENG)