Beijing: Former world champion Neil Robertson was knocked out of the China Open snooker tournament in the first round here on Monday.
Robertson was 4-2 ahead before his Thai opponent Dechawat Poomjaeng managed back two frames including a 74-point shot, reports Xinhua.
Robertson once again missed a key long-shot black to see Poomjaeng snatch back the victory at 69-64 in the last frame.
"It's a good result, or I can go home and prepare for the worlds," said Robertson.
"For me, the result is winning the tournament. I don't really care about the final or semi-finals or trying to get a good round before the World Championships."