David Grace and Oliver Lines have both been knocked out of the 2016 World Open despite a good showing in China.
Grace lost 5-1 to the World number 8, Ricky Walden. The former World Championship semi-finalist was quick out of the blocks and took a 2-0 lead. Grace won the third frame but couldn’t keep up with Walden who will take on Anthony McGill in the second round.
Lines took on the former World champion, John Higgins and despite a valiant effort he lost the game 5-2. The Leeds-born player won the opening frame but soon found himself 3-1 down to the current World number 6.
The 21 year old won the following frame to make it 3-2, only for Higgins to win the next two and secure a second round match with Michael Holt.
Despite missing out on the second round, the two Leeds-based players put on a good showing against two of snookers heavyweights.
By Sebastian Sternik