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    It hasn’t been the best sporting weekend for Bradford with the city’s football team losing 5-0 to Swansea in the League Cup final at Wembley.

    Today Bradford’s Simon Bedford takes centre stage at the Haikou World Open.

    Bedford, 37, beat some good players just to qualify: Pankaj Advani, Peter Lines, Gerard Greene and Ken Doherty.

    He is from a snooker playing family. Indeed, he once made a maximum break against his own mother.

    Bradford is a strong snooker area. Their own Joe Johnson won the World Championship in 1986 and James Wattana was for many years stationed there when at the top.

    Bedford played at the Crucible 15 years ago but never quite hit the heights, with a highest ranking of 63.

    So days such as this will be special for him, not least after missing the back half of last season after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

    He plays Lu Haotian, the 15 year-old who reached the quarter-finals of the International Championship as a wildcard last year.

    In today’s other TV matches, Ricky Walden, the Wuxi Classic champion, faces Peter Ebdon, who defends his China Open title next month.

    Mark Davis tackles Robert Milkins, a semi-finalist in Haikou last season and Alan McManus will hope to continue his resurgence against Lin Shuai.