Xiao sends Trump packing

O'Sullivan withdraws from Galway event with glandular fever

Last Updated: 16/03/12 9:37pm

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Judd Trump: Bristol potter lost to Xiao Guodong in second round of PTC Grand Finals

Judd Trump: Bristol potter lost to Xiao Guodong in second round of PTC Grand Finals

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World number 51 Xiao Guodong defied a broken hand to dump Judd Trump out in the second round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway and reach the first quarter-final of his career.

But there was disappointment for Galway snooker fans as Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew from his scheduled second-round match against Ricky Walden after contracting glandular fever.

Chinese player Xiao stormed to a 4-2 win despite ignoring doctors' advice not to play snooker after breaking a bone in his hand whilst sleeping awkwardly three weeks ago.

Xiao hit an early century break to put the pressure on Trump as he eased into a 3-1 lead.

World number three Trump came back to 3-2, but Xiao held his nerve in the next after a safety exchange.

Surprised

Xiao told worldsnooker.com: "I've been playing for five years and this will be my first quarter-final. I'm surprised because it has happened now when I am playing with a broken hand.

"Judd didn't play as well as he can today but he is a very good player so it was still hard to win. I tried not to think about the match or ranking points, I just wanted to win the match."

O'Sullivan's withdrawal was accepted by tournament officials and automatically sends Walden through to the quarter-finals where he will play Stephen Maguire, who beat Mark Davis 4-2.

Earlier, Mark Selby moved into the last eight with a 4-1 win over Ding Junhui.

Ding took the first frame with a break of 75 but Selby won four in a row to earn a tie against Stephen Lee.

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