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Stephen Lee produced a magnificent performance to beat an equally-inspired Mark Williams in the first round of the China Open in Beijing.

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Williams made four century breaks during the match, but found himself on the end of an unlikely 5-4 defeat as Lee refused to be overawed by the Welshman's astonishing break building.

Williams opened up with a 100 and a 133 before Lee scrapped through the next three frames to go into a narrow lead.

Yet when the twice world champion replied with a 104 and a 137 to lead 4-3, it seemed that he must surely go on to win the match.

Lee had other ideas, however, digging in to force a decider.

And there was yet more drama to come: Williams seemed to be on the verge of closing out the match as he led 70-11 in the final frame, but Lee came to the table and made a 61 clearance to win one of the most astonishing matches of the season so far.

In-form Stephen Maguire fell to a surprise first round defeat at the hands of Mark Davis.

The two players split the first six frames of a tough-fought match, but Davis produced breaks of 73 and 137 to knock out the world number seven.

In the two remaining wildcard matches, Gerard Greene beat Yu De Lu 5-2, while Robert Milkins eased past Rouzi Maimaiti 5-1.

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