Snooker - Davis and White out of World Open qualifiers

Steve Davis and Jimmy White were both eliminated from the Haikou World Open at the qualifying stage after final-frame defeats at Sheffield's World Snooker Academy.

Six-times world champion Davis looked to be in prime position to win the third preliminary round contest – his first of the tournament – but a late rally from Chen Zhe sent the veteran out 5-4.

Meanwhile White, who lost all six of the World Championship finals he competed in, was also eliminated in the final frame when he was beaten 5-4 by another former World Championship finalist Nigel Bond.

There was better news for another veteran Alan McManus, the 41-year-old beating Jamie Jones 5-3 to progress to the fourth round and a clash with Tom Ford.

Zhang Anda, who accounted for teen sensation Luca Brecel in the last round, continued his good form with a 5-2 win over Rory McLeod and now meets Jamie Cope, while Dave Harold downed Cao Yupeng 5-2 to set up a fourth round encounter with  Dominic Dale.

Thursday results – third preliminary round

Anthony Hamilton 1-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Jack Lisowski 5-3 Anthony McGill

Liang Wenbo 4-5 Liam Highfield

Michael White 5-0 Robbie Williams

Xiao Guodong 4-5 Liu Chuang

Steve Davis 4-5 Chen Zhe

Matthew Selt 1-5 Rod Lawler

Jamie Jones 3-5 Alan McManus

Jimmy Robertson 0-5 Mark Joyce

Nigel Bond 5-4 Jimmy White

David Gilbert 5-1 Alfie Burden

Yu De Lu 5-1 Mike Dunn

Dave Harold 5-2 Cao Yupeng

Rory McLeod 2-5 Zhang Anda

Ben Woollaston 0-5 Ian Burns

Gerard Greene 4-5 Simon Bedford