Pankaj Advani waged a grim battle against tournament favourite and world No. 3 Ding Junhui before going down 4-5 in the decider to crash out of the Haikou world open in China.

The eight-time world champion was in a commanding position but could not get past the finish line in the second round.

The result: Ding Junhui bt Pankaj Advani 5-4 (76-62, 15-87(51), 123(91)-0, 53-62, 1-86(86), 17-75(74), 94(52)-39, 136(136)-0, 86(86)-17). — PTI

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