Xiao Guodong rolls through to next round at snooker titles

ON A ROLL: Matthew Stevens in his win against Fergal O'Brien. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

ON A ROLL: Matthew Stevens in his win against Fergal O'Brien. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

XIAO Guodong hit back from a 2-1 deficit to win Tuesday's second round match at the $500,000 Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

Two of the opening three frames were dominated by Guodong's opponent, Liam Highfield in their clash on the tables at Bendigo Stadium.

After a 75-0 loss in frame one, Guodong won the next 54-26.

Highfield regained the lead after a 67-6 victory in frame three.

From there it was Guodong who reigned supreme as he rattled off the next four frames - 56-40, 70-56, 70-22 and 85-45.

The seventh frame included a break of 71 by Guodong.

Ireland's Fergal O'Brien was knocked out of the title race by Matthew Stevens.

The match began with 53-48 and 69-10 wins by Stevens.

O'Brien achieved a game-high break of 69 to win frame three, 76-48.

Scores were locked up after the Irishman won the next, 72-54.

Frame five ended in a 70-37 win for Stevens in which he hit a break of 68.

Despite a break of 60 in the next frame, O'Brien was beaten 67-65.

Stevens rolled through to the next round as he won the seventh frame, 105-nil.

In Tuesday night's play, Stephen Maguire takes on Jamie Jones, and Robert Milkins faces John Higgins.

The snooker action is at Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road, West Bendigo. 

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