Australian Open

Australian Open – Day 3 Report

WORLD-NUMBER-1 Mark Selby has crashed out of the Australian Open after a shock first round defeat to Jamie Burnett.

The out-of-sorts two-times Masters champion could not get his A game going against the Scotsman who continued his giant killing ways after knocking out Neil Robertson in the opening round of last month’s Wuxi Classic.

A surprise looked to be on the cards when Burnett took a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval. And it looked as if the break had done Selby good when he took the fifth frame with a break of 83 to go just a single frame behind at 3-2.

But Selby’s fightback did not faze Burnett’s game as the Scot took the next frame to go 4-2 ahead. Selby turned to the tactical side of the game, getting a series of snookers just at the right time, to make it 4-3.

But a break of 62 gave Burnett control of the eighth frame. Despite brave attempts from Selby to get back in the match, the Scot had done enough to book his place in the last 16 where he will meet Marco Fu.

Elsewhere in the first round, Ding Junhui put Alan McManus to the sword claiming an easy 5-0 win and Barry Hawkins brushed aside Xiao Guodong to claim a comfortable 5-1 win.

And Martin Gould beat former world champion Ken Doherty in eight frames to book a place in the last 16.

Day Three also saw the start of the last 16 stage take place as both Shaun Murphy and Stephen Lee were the first two players to advance into the quarter-finals.

Murphy came back from 1-0 down to beat Leicester’s Tom Ford 5-1 to reach the last eight and Stephen Lee was in impressive form beating Stoke-on-Trent’s Jamie Cope 5-2 hitting breaks of 71 and 126.

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