Snooker: Cope crashes in China
JAMIE Cope's Haikou World Open title hopes were disappointingly ended at the first hurdle yesterday.
Longton potter Cope led former world champion Graeme Dott 2-0 in their first round clash in China.
But the two-time ranking event finalist lost the next five frames in a row as he crashed out in a 5-2 defeat on Far East soil.
"I had chances to go 3-0 up ,but didn't take them," reflected Cope. "If I'd have taken them it might have been a different match, but Graeme's a tough player."
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Cope opened with breaks of 49 and 55 in establishing his welcome lead, but Glaswegian Dott, the 2006 Crucible champion, hit back with runs of 98, 139, 68 and 83 to triumph.
Dott said: "I started slowly to go 2-0 down. Jamie had a chance to go 3-0 up, but made a bad break."