World number one Judd Trump failed to find his best form in a 4-2 win over Zhao Jianbo to progress into the second round of the 2021 Welsh Open.
Trump looked vulnerable as 17-year-old Zhao took the opening frame after hoovering up with a break of 56.
The favourite responded with a fantastic century (117), but again was pegged back by Zhao who took advantage of a series of uncharacteristic errors from his opponent and regained the lead.
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Trump takes the lead with tidy 90 break
Trump looked very beatable but a 67 clearance helped him level again at 2-2, before he finally found familiar form with a rapid break of 90 to take the lead for the first time at 3-2.
Trump looked on his way to victory with a run of 32 but frailties in his defensive game gave Zhao another chance at the table.
Fortunately for Trump, Zhao missed a routine black to allow his illustrious opponent back on the table, where he made no mistake with a break of 51 to seal the frame and the match.
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