Doherty defeated in Welsh Open
Ken Doherty exited the Welsh Open with a disappointing 5-3 defeat against Stuart Bingham in a poor quarter-final match in Newport today.
The Dubliner made a tremendous start with a break of 88 in the first frame and he doubled the lead to move 2-0 ahead after emerging best from a safety battle.
Doherty blew a superb chance to take a 3-1 lead to mid-season interval, missing the brown after running out of position and allowed his opponent to level the game.
The 1997 World champion's game went downhill for the remainder of the match and despite getting over the line in the fifth frame, he lost the next three after a catalogue of errors and mistakes to see his good run in the tournament end.
Pankaj Advani's history-making run was halted in comprehensive fashion by world number two Judd Trump.
The 27-year-old from Bangalore became the first Indian player to make the quarter-finals of a ranking event when he beat Graeme Dott 4-1 yesterday.
But he found a returning-to-form Trump a different proposition in Newport, with the former UK Championship winner wrapping up a 5-2 victory.
Trump, who is getting back in the groove after a horror run of form which brought first-round losses at the UK, Masters and German Open, was on course for a whitewash when he went 4-0 ahead, but Advani showed some resolve to get back to 4-2, turning around a 59-1 deficit in the sixth frame.
However, Trump raised his game and quick-fire 69 in the next frame saw him move into the final four.
"I felt a lot more confident today and I'm steadily improving throughout the tournament which is what the likes of John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan do," Trump told worldsnooker.com.
"It's nice to be through to the one-table set up.
"I was happy to see Pankaj come back to 4-2 because it gave me a chance to prove myself. I created chances and went for my shots. I just missed a couple of balls when I was on 50 or 60 and I need to cut that out.
"I want to try to win this tournament and build a good lead in the world rankings. It's a good time to get my confidence back especially with the World Championship around the corner.
"Mark Selby, John Higgins and Neil Robertson all went out early here which will knock their confidence.
"Pankaj showed what he can do when he was 4-0 down. He has a bright future, he just needs more experience of playing on TV."