Cazoo Masters: Zhao Xintong crashes out after first-round loss to John Higgins

John Higgins marked a record 28th appearance in snooker’s biggest invitation event by beating China’s Zhao Xintong 6-2 in the first round of the Cazoo Masters.Zhao was making his debut in the event having leapt into the top 16 by winning the Cazoo UK Championship last month. The Chinese ace showed early promise with a century in the second frame, but could not maintain a foothold in the contest as his opponent pulled away.The match opened with fireworks from both players as Higgins made a break…


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