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Amazing Baize-ing

More snooker action, and the first shocks of the first round have kncoked out a couple of fancied contenders. Peter Edbon lost 10-5 to Nigel Bond, while Jamie Cope beat one of last year's semi-finalists Joe Perry 10-6.

The world number nine played poorly in a match that started very tentatively – it took fifteen minutes for the first point to be scored – but with the scores tied at 5-5 Bond rattled off five frames in a row to send himself through to the second round.

Cope, who is a snooker prodigy who makes so many maximum 147 breaks – including two in competition and a free-ball assisted 155 – that he's stopped counting, is one of the most exciting players around, and won seven of the last eight frames to win.

'After five frames I felt a little bit unsettled but I just tried to forget about it and enjoy it,' he said afterwards. 'I was just a little bit nervous but I was expecting that and it was nice to overcome it. I feel as if I'm in the tournament now.'

Elsewhere, Ding Junhui beat fellow Chinese player Liang Wenbo in a high-quality match that was watched by more than 100,000,000 people in their native country. In the end Ding's class showed with three frames won with breaks of 111, 93 and 73, and he now faces Stephen Hendry in the next round.

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