Last year's runner-up Muhammad Sajjad from Pakistan today made an early exit from the competition after losing last-64 match 0-4 from Ali Alijalil of Iraq.
Known for crafting big breaks, Sajjad today failed on the chances he got and some unforeseen errors from him allowed Ali to capitalize the game. Its worth mentioning that Ali did justice every time by scoring decently and won frames over frame to keep it difficult for Sajjad.
After having a lead of 3-0, Ali posted a good break of 57 to wrap-up the match 4-0 and advanced to last-32 stage.
However some consolation for Pakistan that their star player and former world champion, Muhammad Asif reached the last 32 stage ousting Welsh player Alex Taubman 4-1. Asif was 0-1 down from where he controlled the game his way and won next frames without having any big trouble.
Irish player, Rodney Goggins knocked out Adrian Ridley of Australia 4-2. Rodney opened his account with a break of 89 to lead 1-0, which was well countered by Adrian with an almost identical break of 84 points to come at par. Next the match swung like a pendulum and could have reached decider but in sixth frame, Adrian lost on black ball and made an exit from the championship.
Faisal Khan from India survived in the last moments of play. Kok Leong Lim from Malaysia, who got a chance on last red in decider went on for clearance but shockingly missed the easiest blue and lost the match. Credit to Faisal that later he wrapped up the match by potting black which was again dicey shot.