Two big names crashed out of the International Championship on its opening day and it almost caused a shock defeat for world number one Mark Selby.
But Selby, who won the International Championship last season and the year before, managed to produce the goods just when he needed to as he battled back from 5-4 down to win 6-5 against China’s dangerous Li Yuan to reach the Last 64 stage.
The world number one, who admitted after the match that news of a major helicopter crash back in his home city of Leicester had affected his mindset during the contest, will next face recently crowned UK Seniors champion Ken Doherty.
However, it proved a day to forget for a couple of big names as they suffered shock early exits – meaning they won’t be getting their hands on the massive top prize of £175,000.
The biggest casualty came in the form of world number 9 and this season’s Paul Hunter Classic winner Kyren Wilson who lost 6-2 to 18-year-old Yuan Sijun.
And there was also an early exit for last week’s English Open champion Stuart Bingham.
Despite lifting silverware once again for the first time in 18 months just seven days ago, Bingham’s winning run came to an end after he suffered a 6-3 loss to Scotland’s Eden Sharav.
The man Bingham beat to claim the English Open title last week, Mark Davis also crashed to an opening day defeat losing 6-3 to Joe Perry.
And Scotland’s Anthony McGill’s bid to reach the Masters in January took a big dent today after he fell to a surprise defeat, losing 6-4 against Stuart Carrington who made a break of 106 during the match.
Meanwhile, snooker legend Jimmy White had a day to forget after he was thrashed 6-0 by teenager Yan Bingtao.
There were also wins for world champion Mark Williams, Barry Hawkins, Ding Junhui and Ali Carter.
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