SNOOKER: Joe Perry to face World Championships qualifiers after exiting China Open in the first round

Joe Perry has been knocked out in the first round of the China Open. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/World Snook

Joe Perry has been knocked out in the first round of the China Open. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/World Snooker - Credit: Archant

Joe Perry will have to qualify for the Betfred World Snooker Championships after crashing out of the China Open in the first round.

Perry’s poor form at the Beijing-tournament continued today against Iran’s only professional snooker player, Hossein Vafaei, who secured a 5-2 victory.

Defeat for Perry means he is now out of the world top 16 and will have to win three of his qualifying matches at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, to stand a chance of playing at the Crucible next month.

Perry tweeted after his defeat: “Ponds Forge here I come!”