Australian Open 2012 - Day 2

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Defending champ, Stu Bingham is out
The first surprises of  “Ozzy” snooker event that's being held in Bendigo, took place during the second day, the defending champion Stuart Bingham suffering a very early exit due to Matthew Selt's 5-4 victory, the same happening for this year's World Championship runner-up, Ali Carter who got beat 5-3 by China's Cao Yupeng.

Surprise, surprise to see Stuart Bingham out of the tournament, not just because he's the defending champion, but also because he's been in such an outstanding form recently winning the Pink Ribbon, the APTC 1 and reaching the finals of the Wuxi Classic.

Still, today it wasn't his lucky one and Matthew Selt, the player who rocked around the snooker table in last year tournament, got a brilliant 5-4 victory and now is due to meet Welshman Ryan Day in the second round.

Also sent home was Ali Carter, the Englishman who came so near to win the world title just a few months ago taking a pretty bad start and losing by 5-3 to Cao Yupeng.

After the match Carter invoked a kind of déjà-vu feeling getting on a rough start right from the beginning of the season and admitted he's not very fond of travelling, but that his results are more influenced by the lack of practice rather than the busy schedule that involves a lot of travelling.

At the opposite corner, Shaun Murphy won his first Australian battle of cues by performing a 5-4 "cue treatment" on Marcus Campbell. 

Mark Davis continues his good run
Breaks of 65, 55 and 78 brought "The Magician" the first three frames of the match and although just before the interval kicked off, Campbell manage to pull one back, Murphy regained the three-frame advantage after the break.

However, we could see some inconsistency in the 2005 world champion's game soon after, this allowing Marcus to crawl back and force the decider. Lucky for Murphy, he regained his "winning conscience" rapidly and was able the win the last frame in order to set up a snooker rendezvous with Tom Ford.

The favourite scoreline of this tournament (aka. 5-4) was also the "piece of resistance" for Peter Ebdon v. Michael Holt match, with the veteran on the winner position after hitting in breaks of 59, 50 and 61.

The recent champion of the 6-Red World Championship, Mark Davis continued his good run and got a decisive 5-2 victory in front of Jack Lisowski, thus booking himself a meeting with the "Thunder from Down Under" - Neil Robertson, while Marco Fu didn’t find any difficulty in hammering Joe Perry 5-1 .

Below you have Day One list or results:

11) Shaun Murphy 5-4 Marcus Campbell
17) Joe Perry 1-5 Marco Fu
8) Allister Carter 3-5 Cao Yupeng
9) Mark Davis 5-2 Jack Lisowski 
3) Stuart Bingham 4-5 Matthew Selt
13) Peter Ebdon 5-4 Michael Holt

Tomorrow the action continues with:

14) Ding Junhui v Alan McManus
5) Barry Hawkins v Xiao Guodong

Followed by
18) Mark Selby v Jamie Burnett
7) Martin Gould v Ken Doherty

23) Shaun Murphy v Tom Ford
25) Stephen Lee v Jamie Cope

 *all hours are local time

TV coverage:
07:00 - 10:00 British EuroSport 2
10:30 - 13:30 British EuroSport 2