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Trump fails to hang around at Wuxi

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013
Judd Trump suffered a surprise defeat on Tuesday © PA Photos

Judd Trump's miserable start to the season continued as he suffered a surprise defeat to Li Hang in the first round of the Wuxi Classic.

The world No. 3 failed to put on a good showing in the defence of his Bulgarian Open title last week when he fell in the second round, and the poor run was extended as he lost 5-2 to Li in the first ranking event of the campaign.

Last season's World Championship semi-finalist at the Crucible found himself 3-0 down when Li - sporting a striking hairstyle made up of three colours - rattled in breaks of 62, 54 and 62.

Trump though refused to give in and took the fifth frame with a run of 60, and closed the gap to one soon after.

However, Li claimed the seventh and wrapped up the shock victory by knocking in 67 to send Trump out of the competition - earlier than the former UK Champion would have anticipated.

Four-time Crucible king John Higgins dropped the opening frame in his match against Vinnie Calabrese, but the Scot powered to the following five frames to carry on his good form when he won in Bulgaria to win 5-1.

The player Higgins defeated in that final, and new world No. 1 Neil Robertson came from 2-0 down to get the better of Zhu Yinghui 5-2, while 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon was sent packing by Xiao Guodong, as was Steve Davis by Andrew Higginson.

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