Davis fails to reach World Championship

Steve Davis

Steve Davis won the world title in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 and 1989

Six-time champion Steve Davis failed to reach the World Championship as he lost 10-4 to Fergal O’Brien in the first round of qualifying in Sheffield.

The 58-year-old, who has slipped to 100 in the world rankings, failed to make a half-century break at Ponds Forge.

China’s Ding Junhui defeated Ireland’s Greg Casey 10-4, while compatriot Liang Wenbo beat England’s Joe O’Connor 10-2.

There are three rounds of qualifying, with 16 qualifiers joining the world’s top 16 at the Crucible from 16 April.

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