Mark Selby is off to a winning at the Yushan World Open, after defeating Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn 5-2 in their heldover tie.
The World number one will be hoping to kick-start his 2017/18 campaign this week, having not progressed beyond the last 16 thus far. His start to the season was postponed following a toe injury suffered shortly after winning his third world title in May.
The first two frames were shared today, before Lertsattayathorn clinched an enticing third. Selby was in first with a break of 65, but the Thai strung together 72 to win on the black and move 2-1 up. The Jester then responded with a contribution of 82 to restore parity at the mid-session interval.
When they returned Selby stamped his authority on the match and charged to the line. He claimed three frames in a row to secure his progress.
“I didn’t start off very well and probably should have been 3-1 down at the interval,” said the World Champion. “After the break I thought I played a bit better, but I will need to improve as the tournament goes on.”
The Welsh quartet of Ryan Day, Jamie Jones, Matthew Stevens and Michael White were forced to play with borrowed cues after their luggage was lost on their flight from the UK.
Day, playing with Mark Williams’ cue, had the most success defeating Gary Wilson 5-1 to clinch his spot in the last 32. The Riga Masters champion made contributions of 80, 75 and 63 on his way to victory.
Williams then faced Stevens in a repeat of the 2000 world final, the two time Crucible winner inflicted a 5-0 whitewash. White succumbed to a 5-1 loss against Chinese wildcard Ma Bing. Jones was on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline against Robert Milkins.
Chris Wakelin battled back to defeat world number seven Barry Hawkins 5-4 in a thrilling clash. Wakelin had trailed 3-1 and 4-2, but overturned the deficit and clinched the tie on the final black.
Liang Wenbo also came through in a decider, beating Akani Songsermsawad 5-4. Liang had looked set for an early exit, when Songsermsawad stunningly moved 4-2 ahead thanks to back to back century runs of 101 and 119. However, the English Open Champion took the final three frames to progress.
Hu Hao was an unexpected 5-0 winner against 1994 Masters winner Alan McManus. The Chinese wildcard compiled breaks of 70, 55 and 57 on his way to the win.
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