News

STRONG START FOR SELBY IN SHANGHAI

Mark Selby boosted his hopes of winning two ranking events in China in the same month by beating Ian Burns 5-2 in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters.

World number one Selby won the International Championship in Daqing just eight days ago and hopes for more success this week in Shanghai.

Leicester’s Selby started slowly and trailed 2-1 against world number 91 Burns, but improved as the match went on and took the last four frames with top breaks of 68, 120 and 132. Selby will now meet Chris Wakelin in the last 64 on Tuesday.

John Higgins also came through his held-over last 128 match as he beat Switzerland’s promising Alexander Ursenbacher. Higgins made a 131 to go 4-1 ahead and sealed the result in frame seven with a 73 clearance.

China’s top player Ding Junhui, the defending champion, pulled out of the tournament due to an eye infection which has affected him for several weeks.

Mark Allen scored a 5-1 win over 17-year-old Yan Bingtao in a repeat of their semi-final meeting at the International Championship, which Allen won 9-2. This time the Northern Irishman enjoyed top runs of 73 and 102.

“It was a bit of a scrappy game, but I felt like I dominated,” said Allen, who lost to Selby in the final in Daqing. “My safety was good and I limited him to small chances. I have done well in China this season despite not sleeping well – maybe that’s the secret.”

Liang Wenbo top scored with 125 in a 5-2 win over Rod Lawler while Mark Williams made an 87 in a 5-1 win over Wang Yuchen.

Michael White made a 140, the highest break of the event so far, in a 5-4 defeat of Mark Davis. Performance of the day came from Jack Lisowski as he beat Chris Totten 5-1 with breaks of 113, 117, 86, 86 and 82. Zhou Yuelong came from 3-2 down to edge out Sanderson Lam 5-4.

Related News

Mark Williams Through To The Quarter Finals The Dafabet Northern Ireland Open

Mark Allens Hopes Of Winning His Home Event Were Ended By Defeat Against Tian Pengfei At The Northern Ireland Open

Ronnie O Sullivan Emerged With A 4-2 Win On Day Two Of The Dafabet Northern Ireland Open

Neil Robertson Secured An Important 4-1 Victory Over Jamie Jones On Day One Of The Northern Ireland Open

Northern Ireland Open Eurosport And Quest Schedules

Ronnie O Sullivan Wins 30th Ranking Title

Ronnie O Sullivan Beating John Higgins 6-2 In The Semi-finals Of The Shanghai Masters.

Ronnie O Sullivan And John Higgins Will Go Head To Head In The Semi-finals Of The Shanghai Masters

Ronnie O Sullivan Progress To The Last 16 On Day Three Of The Shanghai Masters

Luca Brecel Played In Borrowed Clothes At The Shanghai Masters

Shanghai Masters Eurosport And Quest Schedules

Shaun Murphy Won The Champion Of Champions

Ronnie O Sullivan Fired Himself Into The Semi-finals Of The Champion Of Champions

Brecel Knocks Out Trump And Selby

Shaun Murphy Progressed To The Semi-finals Of The Champion Of Champions For The First Time

Anthony Hamilton Became The First Man Through To The Semi-finals Of The Champion Of Champions

Northern Ireland Open Draw And Format

Mark Selby Won The International Championship In Daqing

Champion Of Champions Draw And Schedule

Mark Selby Strolls Into International Championship Final

International Championship: Semi-final Preview

Selby Defeats Williams In International Championship

Neil Robertson Beat Matthew Selt 6-5 And Reach The Last 16 Of The International Championship

Ronnie O Sullivan Was Beaten 6-1 By 17-year-old Chinese Prodigy Yan Bingtao At The International Championship

Judd Trump Win Over Ian Burns To Reach The Last 32 Of The International Championship