Snooker - Carter knocked out of Welsh Open qualifying

German Masters champion Ali Carter will not take part in the next ranking event after crashing out of the Welsh Open at the preliminary stage.

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Ali Carter at the 2013 German Masters snooker tournament

‘The Captain’ saw off Marco Fu in last week’s final in Berlin but crashed to a 4-2 third qualifying round defeat to Gerard Greene.

There was also a defeat for former world champion Peter Ebdon, who went down 4-3 to Pankaj Advani.

Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy were among the star names to come through the qualifying rounds.

A new structure for the world ranking event meant that only the top four seeds (Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Judd Trump and John Higgins) plus the top four Welsh players (Mark Williams, Matthew Stevens, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale) were guaranteed a place at the venue.

All other players had to go through the qualifiers in Sheffield.

Former World and Masters champion Robertson had a tough match against up-and-coming Welsh player Duane Jones, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-3. The Australian will now face Ian Burns in Newport.

Murphy scored a 4-2 win over Thepchiaya Un-Nooh to set up a match with India's Pankaj Advani, while Welsh amateur Gareth Allen will enjoy a dream debut at a ranking event venue on Monday at 1.30pm against four-time World Champion Higgins. The 24-year-old from Ewloe in Flintshire beat Rory McLeod 4-2.

Neath's Daniel Wells edged out former world number three James Wattana 4-3 and will now face a Welsh derby against Dale.

Qualifying results

Ali Carter 2-4 Gerard Greene

Jamie Burnett 1-4 Craig Steadman

Stuart Bingham 4-2 Matthew Selt

Tom Ford 4-0 Justin Astley

Ricky Walden 4-2 Martin O'Donnell

Neil Robertson 4-3 Duane Jones

Ken Doherty 4-0 David Gilbert

Andrew Higginson 4-0 Adam Duffy

Mark Davis 2-4 Michael Wasley

Fergal O'Brien 4-1 Nigel Bond

Peter Ebdon 3-4 Pankaj Advani

Graeme Dott 4-1 Rod Lawler

Marcus Campbell 1-4 Anthony Hamilton

Shaun Murphy 4-2 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Stephen Maguire 4-3 Mark Joyce

Barry Hawkins 4-1 Zhang Anda

Michael Holt 0-4 Alan McManus

Joe Perry 4-1 Jimmy Robertson

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