Bridgend’s Ryan Day has described his World Championship first round loss to China’s Xiao Guodong as “embarrassing”.
Day, Wales’ sole representative at this year’s championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, was beaten 10-4.
Day was runner-up to Barry Hawkins at February’s World Grand Prix in Preston, but was unable to repeat that form in Sheffield.
The 37-year-old from Pontycymer recovered from 4-0 down to trail 4-3 but won only one more frame and as a result will now drop out of the world’s top 16.
Day’s defeat means there will be no Welsh representation in the second round of the World Championship for the first time since 1969.
Day has been a professional for 18 years, making almost 300 century breaks and winning over £1 million in prize money. He was once ranked sixth in the world.
Five other Welsh players - Mark Williams, Michael White, Jamie Jones, Dominic Dale and Lee Walker - reached the final round of the World Championship qualifying tournament and were within one match of securing a place at the Crucible, only for them all to fall at the final hurdle.