WORLD number one Mark Selby is out of the World Championship after suffering defeat to Barry Hawkins for a second successive year at the Crucible.
Hawkins, who won the Australian Open at the start of the season, came back from behind to knock out this season’s UK Championship and Masters winner and reach the last eight stage of the World Championship for the first time.
It was a case of history repeating itself for Hawkins who defeated Selby last year in the first round as his best ever seaon on the main tour continued
Meanwhile the 13-10 defeat ended the Leicester man’s hopes of becoming only the fourth player in the history of the game to land the triple crown of titles.
It also meant the world number one will go into next season still looking for his elusive first World Championship title.
Traling 9-7 at the start of the final session, Hawkins won the first frame on the final black after Selby missed it when trying to cut it into the middle pocket. It was an incident which turned to be the proving point.
Hawkins then levelled after Selby missed several chances to put the disappointment of the previous frame behind him. The Leicester cueman then moved back ahead but Hawkins squared the match up again at 10-10 with a break of 64.
And after the interval Hawkins then moved in front for only the second time of the contest with a break of 41 after Selby ran out of position on a break of 45.
Hawkins then went on the verge of a huge victory after clinching the 22nd frame. And when Selby missed a long red in the next Hawkins held his nerve with a break of 44 and then produced a stunning long red to beat the world number one.
Elsewhere, Ronnie O’Sullivan made a good start in his second round clash against Ali Carter. A top break of 125 was the highlight for Ronnie as he led 5-3 at the close of the first session.
And this morning saw Marco Fu fight back in his round two match with Judd Trump.
Trailing 6-2 from Friday’s first session, Fu pegged the Bristol star back winning five out of the eight frames played to trail just by 9-7. The pair resume to a finish tonight.
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