International Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan loses to Liang Wenbo in Chengdu
Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered an early exit from the International Championship in Chengdu at the hands of Liang Wenbo.
Last Updated: 29/10/13 9:01pm
O'Sullivan, who had not played in a major tournament since winning the World Championship at the Crucible in May, made a successful return to ranking event action by beating Anthony McGill in the first round in China on Monday.
The Essex potter built a 4-1 lead in his second-round match against Liang, but could not progress to a knockout meeting with Mark Davis - a 6-3 winner over Stuart Carrington - as his 26-year-old opponent won five straight frames to clinch a 6-4 victory.
Last year's runner-up Neil Robertson is safely through to meet Peter Ebdon, who edged Mark Joyce 6-5, after he dispatched Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-1.
There was, however, disappointment for Barry Hawkins as he lost by the same scoreline to Zhao Xintong.
The Chinese player will next meet Marco Fu, who beat Xiao Guodong 6-4, while Mark Allen and Joe Perry prepare to face off in the last 16 after securing respective wins over Dave Harold and David Gilbert.
Graeme Dott defeated Kyren Wilson 6-1, with Matthew Stevens proving too strong for John Higgins on his way to a 6-2 victory. There were wins too for Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham - over Peter Lines and Martin Gould respectively - that pitted the Englishmen against each another in the next round.