No Eastern delight for Fenland potter
Chatteris cueman Joe Perry bowed out of the China Championships at the second round stage today (September 26).
Perry was beaten by home player Lyu Haotian 5-3 after a scrappy encounter in Guangzhou.
The heavy playing conditions were not ideal for the best players in the world and Perry struggled for fluency throughout as did his opponent.
Perry led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but Haotian battled his way to victory in three successive frames to clinch victory.
Perry’s best break was a 66 in frame three, while Haotian’s best effort was just 52 in frame two.
Perry is currently ranked 25 in the world. Haotian is ranked 52.
Perry said: “Poor show today. I tried hard, but unfortunately I don’t have the cue power to play in conditions like that.”
Perry had played much better in the first round when he saw off fellow Englishman Mark Joyce 5-1.
The Fenland Potter recorded breaks of 88, 67 and 61 in that match, losing just the fourth frame to a century break. He fought back from 69 down to win the final frame.
The next event on the World Snooker calender is the European Masters in Belgium (October 1-7).