China Open: Peter Ebdon upsets Judd Trump as Jimmy White also progresses
Peter Ebdon turned back the clock to cause a major shock and knock out world No 6 Judd Trump at the China Open.
Last Updated: 02/04/14 9:48pm
Ebdon and Trump could not be further apart in their styles, with the former a methodical player who goes at his own pace and the latter a free-scorer.
It mattered little, though, as Ebdon hung in at 4-3 down to get to a decider which he took with an 86 contribution.
"We both missed a few balls so perhaps the standard could have been a bit higher but I was very pleased with today's result," Ebdon, 43, told World Snooker's official website.
"I tried really hard and it's a very good win for me."
Ebdon has not entered European Tour events this season, choosing instead to only enter the other tournaments, of which this is one.
"I always looking forward to coming back to Beijing because I knew the conditions will suit me. It's important to be coming into form at this time of the year," he added.
"It's been a very disappointing season for me, especially considering how hard I have worked. My preparation for this tournament has been good and I think this win is the result of all the hard work I've put in.
"It's days like today that make me realise that it still worth me putting all the effort in. I proved today I'm still capable of beating the best players in the world."
White on song
Snooker's old guard took centre stage on the day as Jimmy White saw off Alfie Burden as he entertained the crowd with a 5-3 win which contained breaks of 91, 60 and 110.
"I'm playing good stuff, I needed to win my last match to stay on the tour so I'm very pleased with my performance," said White.
"I outplayed him in safety. My experience won me the match.
"I'd like to thank my fans in China. I've been coming to China for 30 years."
Elsewhere John Higgins beat Michael White 5-1, Luca Brecel tipped out Dominic Dale 5-1, Ricky Walden saw off Xiao Guodong 5-3 and Shaun Murphy crushed Dechawat Poomjaeng 5-0.
World No 1 Neil Robertson was a winner, beating Mark Williams 5-4, as was Ali Carter against Matt Selt.
Graeme Dott went all the way against Dave Harold and rising star Yu De Lu won against James Wattana. Mike Dunn saw off Tian Pengfei, Mark Selby knocked out Nigel Bond 5-1 and Mark King defeated Marco Fu 5-3.