Davis denied by World Champion

Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

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Mark Davis was unsuccessful in his bid for an upset against the reigning World Snooker Champion.

St Leonards-based Davis lost 5-2 against John Higgins, who picked up his fourth world title in Sheffield during May, in round one of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday morning.

World no.3 Higgins, a winner of 24 ranking events in total, knocked in a break of 112 en route to a 2-1 lead and shut Davis out in the fourth to lead 3-1 at the interval.

Higgins came through a tight fifth frame to move one away from victory, but Davis, who last week advanced to a career high 15th in the rankings, comfortably won the next to stay alive at 4-2.

Thirty-six-year-old Higgins, from Scotland, sealed victory with a half-century in frame seven. Paul Hunter Classic runner-up Davis is off to South America next week having been invited to compete in the inaugural Brazil Masters.