SNOOKER: Joe Perry jets off to Beijing for new China Open challenge

Joe Perry progressed into the second round of World Snooker Championship qualifying after beating Za

Joe Perry progressed into the second round of World Snooker Championship qualifying after beating Zack Richardson 10-3 in the opening round. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/World Snooker - Credit: Archant

Joe Perry will hope to break his China Open jinx next week.

The Chatteris potter, 42, has failed to make it past the first round of the Beijing-based tournament since the 2008/9 season, but will set out to improve his record on Monday against Iran’s first professional snooker player, Hossein Ayouri.

Perry triumphed over the 22-year-old when the duo last met in the Scottish Open in December and if he can succeed again, he will meet either Kurt Maflin or Ben Woollaston in the second round.

The China Open, which awards £85,000 to the winner, is the final tournament before the biggest event in the snooker calendar - the Betfred World Snooker Championships, which begin on April 15.


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