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Gerard Greene's World Championship bid ends early

Northern Ireland international Gerard Greene suffered World Championship heartbreak at Pond's Forge in Sheffield last night, going down to a shock 10-8 defeat to Brazil's Igor Figueiredo.

Greene, whose parents hail from Belfast, had high hopes of making it through to the Crucible after reaching his first ever ranking final just a fortnight ago, losing 4-0 to Barry Hawkins in Preston.

Victory over surprise package Figueiredo would have taken Greene to within two victories of a place in the first round of the £1.25million tournament which starts next Saturday.

The legendary Steve Davis will go to Q School next month after failing in his mission to qualify for the World Championship, meaning that he loses his tour card for next season.

Unless he survives the scramble for places, the six-time world champion will be relegated from the elite bracket for the first time since he joined in 1978.

The 56-year-old has a stated desire to be a tour player at the age of 60, however he needed to beat Craig Steadman at the World Championship qualifiers to remain in the hunt for a place in the top 64 on the prize-money list.

But the 31-year-old Lancashire potter clinched a 10-8 victory for a place in the third qualifying round, putting him two wins away from a Crucible place.

Davis, though, will be able to compete alongside the very best at Players Tour Championship events next season, with the prize-money list from that circuit giving him a possible route back onto the main tour.

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