x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Big guns bite the dust as Dott breaks arm playing football

Scotland's Graeme Dott has withdraws from the Roewe Shanghai Masters after breaking a bone in his left arm during a friendly football match.

SHANGHAI // Scotland's Graeme Dott has withdrawn from the Roewe Shanghai Masters after breaking a bone in his left arm during a friendly football match on Tuesday evening. The former World Champion was taking part in a kick-around organised by a few of the players when the injury occurred. Jamie Cope was due to play Dott last night but instead receives a bye into the last 16 in which he faces former world champion, Mark Williams.

The Welshman defeated the 2008 World Championship runner-up Alister Carter 5-2, highlighting his performance with a break of 86, 58 and 51. The former World Championship runner-up Jimmy White's fine run of form was halted by Mark King who came from 2-0 and 3-4 down to win 5-4, compiling a match winning break of 80 in the decider. And seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry has that sinking feeling as he was dumped out at the first hurdle, losing 5-4 to Flintshire's Ricky Walden who fired in breaks of 104 and 77.

Hendry said: "I'm very disappointed to lose because I love coming to China. But in the last few years I have not played well here. There's no excuse, I just didn't play well enough to win. It's as simple as that. I just have to keep working hard." The world No 4 Mark Selby overcame Judd Trump 5-1 thanks to breaks of 88, 105, 85, 75 and 75. Yesterday, former world champion Shaun Murphy suffered an embarassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Andy Hicks. Peter Ebdon, another former world champion, also bowed out after losing 5-3 to Stuart Bingham.

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