China exit for in-form Bingham

Stuart Bingham: Englishman went down 6-4 against Aditya Mehta

The in-form Stuart Bingham was another big-name casualty in the first-round of the International Championships in Chengdu.

The world No 10 from Basildon finished runner-up in the Wuxi Classic and Australian Open already this season and won his two latest Premier League matches 12-0 on aggregate ahead of the flight to China.However, Bingham was sent packing by Aditya Mehta, in the little-known Indian's first ranking event, 6-4 - the 26-year-old booking a second-round meeting against Judd Trump.The world No 2 looked in good touch as he beat Fergal O'Brien 6-3, with a 118 the highlight, while fourth seed Mark Williams joined Bingham in going home early after being impressively beaten by Mark Davis 6-4.Davis, from St Leonards, sealed an impressive success in style with a clearing 138 and the six-red world champion told "I played really well, although I made a few silly mistakes."Mark is a legend of the game but he was not at his best today. It's a long season and you can't play well in every event."Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire won his all-Scottish clash with Jamie Burnett 6-3, and Northern Ireland's Mark Allen saw off Robert Milkins 6-2 to set up a match with China's Cao Yupeng.

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