Ken Doherty has lost out to to Ricky Walden on a 5-2 scoreline in the first round of the China Open.

After going 4-0 down, the Ranelagh cueman took the next two frames, that included a break of 74 in the sixth. However, Waldin comfortably took the next 83-41 to seal the victory.

The home crowd went home disappointed as Ding Junhui bowed out to Barry Hawkins.

Ding lost his first-round clash 5-3, doing well to at least rally back having gone 4-0 down.

Hawkins, who posted a 108, had a chance to put the local hero to bed in the sixth frame but missed routine green and pinks, affording Ding the chance to put up something of a fight.

There was further disappointment for the fans as Lyu Haotian also went out, going down 5-2 to two-time world champion Mark Williams.