World Snooker Champion upset
April 02, 2010 | Posted by Chris
World Snooker Champion John Higgins today suffered a second-round upset in the China Open snooker tournament, according to the BBC. Hosted a short walk away from Wudaokou at Beijing University, the China Open is a ranking international snooker tournament at which many of the world's top players compete head-to-head. Former world champion Mark Williams of Welsh, England, defeated the reigning champ Higgins of Scotland, and also showing well in today's action were Peter Ebdon, Stephen Hendry, and China's Ding Junhui. While generally most popular in British Commonwealth countries, snooker is a sport that is rapidly gaining popularity in China, as seen in its emerging presence on the international professional circuit. Those that have lived in Beijing or another of China's major cities will be familiar with the popularity snooker and its American version pool enjoys in China -- packed pool halls are never far away and they're often a favorite recreational activity of younger Chinese looking to socialize with friends. The China Open continues into this weekend, with semifinals on Saturday and finals on Sunday.