Mark Selby beats Ken Doherty in the first round of the International Championship

Defending champion Mark Selby continued his quest to win the International Championship for a third year in a row when breezing past Ken Doherty in Daqing.

Selby, a passionate Leicester City fan, has spoken in the last 24 hours of his devastation at the tragic recent events at the King Power Stadium and visibly struggled in his opening match on Sunday when scraping past Li Yuan.

The world number one looked a different animal on Monday, however, making three fabulous century breaks on the way to whitewashing recent UK seniors champion Doherty with a top-class display.

Selby, who told twitter followers he was 'heartbroken' after Saturday's fatal accident, will face Robert Milkins in the next round after he overcame Noppon Saengkham 6-2.

Williams knocked out

World champion Mark Williams suffered another disappointing result as he lost 6-3 to Akani Songsermsawad.

Williams has struggled to match last season's heights in a stuttering start to the new campaign and was outplayed here, Akani stroking in breaks of 108, 101, 64, 62 and 51 on the way to a place in the second round.

Williams would have been hopeful of progressing when leading 2-1 but a top break of 57 underlined his struggles and another early exit leaves him with work to do if he is to turn his season around.

Trump overpowers veteran McManus

Alan McManus was no match for Judd Trump who enjoyed a routine 6-0 victory over the veteran.

Trump didn't need to be at his best to see off McManus but breaks of 123 and 92 showed his game to be in good working order head of a second-round clash with Michael Holt, who made three centuries to see off recent English Open quarter-finalist Luo Honghao 6-4.

No drama for Ding but Fu made to work

Home hope Ding Junhui secured his place in the second round when overcoming dogged resistance from Zhang Anda.

Ding actually trailed 3-2 at one point but breaks of 94, 70 and 54 saw him take control of the match before he held his nerve to take a tight tenth frame and seal his 6-4 victory.

Things were less straightforward for Marco Fu who, despite making a couple of centuries, needed to produce a nerveless break of 52 in the deciding frame to see off Andrew Higginson.

Allen through; Dott dumped out

Mark Allen came from behind to beat Liam Highfield 6-5 but Graeme Dott wasn't so fortunate as Hossein Vafaei produced a polished display to progress 6-3. Elsewhere, there were wins for Neil Robertson and David Gilbert.


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