China Open 2011*

O'Sullivan apologises to fans after Day defeat

30th March 2011
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Ronnie O'Sullivan's winless streak extends as Ryan Day triumphs

Ronnie O'Sullivan apologised to Chinese snooker fans after he fell to a 5-2 defeat against Ryan Day in the first round of the China Open.

Three-time World Champion O'Sullivan has now not won a televised ranking match since September 2010 and has lost in the opening phase of the last four tournaments he has played in.

"I'm really disappointed with myself," said a dejected O'Sullivan. "I know I get such great support from the Chinese snooker fans but I feel I've let them down now and in the last two or three years when I've not performed here.

"This year and last year have been the worst as I've not played well. I feel sad for them and it would be nice to play well and to a good standard as they deserve it, but when it's not there, it's not there. There are no excuses, I'm just not playing well and just not producing."

The Bank of Beijing 2011 World Snooker China Open takes place at the Beijing Students University Stadium and a large crowd witnessed the clash.

O'Sullivan's last victory in a televised ranking event was his semi-final success against Peter Ebdon in the World Open in September.

Since then he has lost in the first round of the UK Championships, the Masters, the Welsh Open and now the China Open, while injury forced him out of the German Masters in February.

"My form isn't great, there's nothing I can do about it but keep trying," added O'Sullivan, who has now fallen to tenth in the world rankings.

"I can't put my finger on why but it's very frustrating and certainly no fun for me. I don't know how much more I can take playing like that.

"I've said I would retire before but haven't so I don't want to look silly but I can't continue to keep playing that way. I'm not going to say I'm retiring but you never know, it's not looking good.

"I plan on going home tomorrow, I need to get home and see my family and just get ready for Sheffield as that's just around the corner.

"You have to congratulate Ryan on his victory. He's had a good season and you have to give him credit for playing a good game."

Welshman Day, the world number 23, was delighted to claim a victory and now faces Stephen Lee in the second round on Thursday.

"I'm pleased to have won, but it wasn't a good game and I got quite fortunate on a few occasions," said Day. "Not only after I missed a shot, but also when I had a couple of cannons. But you have to accept that and make the most of it, which I'm happy I did.

"Before I played Ronnie in the Welsh I hadn't beaten him but that's twice on the spin now. To beat Ronnie at any time, at any place, is always good and he always comes to most tournaments as being the man to beat.

"It's nice to have beaten him but it's just the first round and there's a long way left in the tournament.

"Ronnie is still intimidating to play against because he hits the ball so sweetly and is probably one of the best players ever.

"He hasn't had the results this season but is still such a good player and a danger for anyone at any tournament."

"I've played Stephen Lee two or three times and he's beaten me and I've beaten him.

"He obviously played very well to beat my friend Mark Williams, who played a good match himself, so I know I'll have to play well to beat Stephen."

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Whirlwind out of China Open

27th March 2011

Visa problems end Jimmy White's hopes as Tian Pengfei is given a bye

Jimmy White has had to withdraw from the Bank of Beijing 2011 World Snooker China Open due to visa problems.

White, 49, had been due to play China's Tian Pengfei in the Wildcard Round at the Beijing Students University Stadium on Monday evening.

However, Tian Pengfei is now awarded a bye and will now meet Mark Selby in the first round on Wednesday.

Draw of the event

China Open 2011

28 March - 3 April 2011
Provisional Format of Play

Monday, 28 March 2011 (local time)
2,30pm
3 - Stephen Hendry 5-0 Matthew Stevens
WC1 - Kurt Maflin 5-3 Cao Yupeng
WC2 - Marcus Campbell 5-3 Mei Xiwen
WC7 - Joe Perry 5-2 Li Yan
7,30pm
16 - Neil Robertson 5-1 Barry Hawkins
WC4 - Jimmy White x Tian Pengfei w/o
WC5 - Nigel Bond 5-3 Jin Long
WC6 - Ken Doherty 1-5 Li Hang

Tuesday, 29 March 2011
2,30pm
1 - Mark Williams 4-5 Stephen Lee
13 - Stephen Maguire 3-5 Mark Davis
WC3 - Rob Milkins 5-1 Rouzi Mailmaiti
WC8 - Gerard Greene 5-2 Yu Delu
7,30pm
4 - Ding Junhui 5-4 Kurt Maflin
12 - Shaun Murphy 5-3 Joe Perry
11 - Graeme Dott 4-5 Li Hang
6 - Mark Allen 4-5 Marcus Campbell

Wednesday, 30 March 2011
2,30pm
9 - John Higgins 5-3 Nigel Bond
14 - Marco Fu 3-5 Judd Trump
5 - Ali Carter 5-1 Stuart Bingham
15 - Peter Ebdon 5-2 Gerard Greene
7,30pm
2 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 2-5 Ryan Day
8 - Mark Selby 5-3 Tian Pengfei
7 - Jamie Cope 3-5 Rob Milkins
10 - Ricky Walden 5-4 Martin Gould

Thursday, 31 March 2011
2,30pm
17 - Stephen Lee 5-2 Ryan Day
24 - Peter Ebdon 5-1 Neil Robertson
23 - Mark Davis 2-5 Judd Trump
22 - Li Hang 4-5 Shaun Murphy
7,30pm
18 - Stephen Hendry 2-5 Ding Junhui
21 - John Higgins 5-2 Ricky Walden
20 - Rob Milkins 1-5 Mark Selby
19 - Ali Carter 5-3 Marcus Campbell

Friday, 1 April 2011
2,30pm
QF3 - John Higgins 2-5 Shaun Murphy
QF4 - Judd Trump 5-1 Peter Ebdon
7,30pm
QF1 - Stephen Lee 2-5 Ding Junhui
QF2 - Ali Carter 1-5 Mark Selby

Saturday, 2 April 2011
2,30pm
SF2 - Shaun Murphy 1-6 Judd Trump
7,30pm
SF1 - Mark Selby 6-3 Ding Junhui

Sunday, 3 April 2011
2,30pm + 7,30pm
Final
Judd Trump 5-3 Mark Selby
Judd Trump 10-8 Mark Selby

All matches up to a nd including quarter finals will be best of 9 frames, semi finals are best of 11 frames and the final is best of 19 (9/10) frames.

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Draw of the qualifying

Qualifying format

World snooker academy, Sheffield

Thursday, 24 February, 2011
10,00am
1 - Patrick Wallace 2-5 Zhang Anda
2 - Liu Song 5-1 Noppon Saengham
3 - Xiao Guodong 5-2 Dermot McGlinchey
4 - Simon Bedford 2-5 Kurt Maflin
5 - Andrew Pagett 2-5 Joe Delaney
6 - Liam Highfield 5-2 Jamie O'Neil

2,30pm
7 - David Morris 4-5 David Gilbert
8 - Liu Chuang 5-3 Jak Jones
9 - Igor Figueiredo 2-5 Kuldesh Johal
10 - James McBain w/o
11 - Thanawat Thirapongpa 1-5 Issara Kachaiwong

7,00pm
12 - Kyren Wilson w/o
13 - James Wattana 5-2 Justin Astley
14 - Ben Woollaston 5-1 Reanne Evans
15 - Paul S. Davison 5-3 Adam Wicheard
16 - Michael White 5-3 Michael Judge

Friday, 25 February, 2011
10,00pm
17 - Alfie Burden 5-1 Zhang Anda
18 - Adrian Gunnell 0-5 Liu Song
19 - Joe Jogia 5-2 Xiao Guodong
20 - Jack Lisowski 4-5 Kurt Maflin
21 - Jimmy Robertson 3-5 Joe Delaney
22 - Barry Pinches 5-3 Liam Highfield

2,30pm
23 - Ian McCulloch 0-5 David Gilbert
24 - Jimmy White 5-3 Liu Chuang
25 - Bjorn Haneveer 5-3 Kuldesh Johal
26 - Jamie Jones 2-5 James McBain
27 - Andy Hicks 1-5 Issara Kachaiwong

7,00pm
28 - Rod Lawler 5-1 Kyren Wilson
29 - Stuart Pettman 2-5 James Wattana
30 - Anthony McGill 0-5 Ben Woollaston
31 - Matt Couch 5-4 Paul S. Davison
32 - Joe Swail 5-3 Michael White

Saturday, 26 February, 2011
10,00am
33 - Matthew Selt 4-5 Alfie Burden
34 - Tom Ford 5-3 Liu Song
35 - Anthony Hamilton 5-0 Joe Jogia
36 - Dave Harold 1-5 Kurt Maflin
37 - Mark Joyce 5-1 Joe Delaney
38 - Rory McLeod 5-2 Barry Pinches

2,30pm
39 - Robert Milkins 5-4 David Gilbert
40 - Peter Lines 3-5 Jimmy White
41 - Nigel Bond 5-4 Bjorn Haneveer
42 - Mike Dunn 5-2 James McBain
43 - Tony Drago 2-5 Issara Kachaiwong

7,00pm
44 - Michael Holt 3-5 Rod Lawler
45 - Steve Davis 4-5 James Wattana
46 - Jamie Burnett 3-5 Ben Woollaston
47 - Fergal O'Brien 5-3 Matt Couch
48 - Alan McManus 3-5 Joe Swail

Sudnay, 27 February, 2011
10,00am
49 - Stephen Lee 5-4 Alfie Burden
50 - Ryan Day 5-1 Tom Ford
51 - Matthew Stevens 5-1 Anthony Hamilton
52 - Mark King 1-5 Kurt Maflin
53 - Stuart Bingham 5-2 Mark Joyce
54 - Marcus Campbell 5-3 Rory McLeod

2,30pm
55 - Andrew Higginson 2-5 Robert Milkins
56 - Dominic Dale 2-5 Jimmy White
57 - Liang Wenbo 3-5 Nigel Bond
58 - Martin Gould 5-2 Mike Dunn
59 - Ken Doherty 5-0 Issara Kachaiwong

7,00pm
60 - Joe Perry 5-2 Rod Lawler
61 - Mark Davis 5-3 James Wattana
62 - Judd Trump 5-1 Ben Woollaston
63 - Gerard Greene 5-2 Fergal O'Brien
64 - Barry Hawkins 5-2 Joe Swail

All matches will be the best of 9 frames.

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