KUCHING: Thor Chuan Leong’s run at the World Open Snooker Championships in Yushan, China, has come to an end.
The SEA Games double-gold medallist found world No. 4 Neil Robertson of Australia too hot to handle, going down 5-1 to the former world champion in the last-32 on Wednesday.
Robertson took the opening frame 90-23, but Chuan Leong hit back with a hard-fought 71-60 win.
The contest turned one-way traffic after that with Robertson, a winner of 18 professional titles, stamping his class to claim the next four frames 104-0, 98-9, 81-0 and 82-0.
Chuan Leong, however, can still be contented with his efforts.
By just making it to the second round, the 28-year-old pocketed a £6,500 (RM34,800) pay cheque – the biggest in his three-year professional career.
Chuan Leong will now turn his attention to the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth, Germany, from Aug 24-28.
He will be eager to impress again, having upset several top players – including China’s Liang Wenbo – on his way to the last 16 last year.
There was good news for Malaysia in Egypt as Moh Keen Ho has made it to the last 16 of the International Billiard and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World 6 Reds Championship.
The 30-year-old Keen Ho, who failed to get past the last-32 stage last year, progressed further this time with wins over India’s Rafath Habib (4-2), Egypt’s Mohamed Abdel Hakim (4-3) and China’s Chen Zifan (4-1) in the first three rounds.
Keen Hoo will take on India’s Varun Madan for a place in the quarter-finals.