Mark Selby reaches last 32 of the Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open in China

Mark Selby
Mark Selby

Mark Selby reached the last 32 of the Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open in China with a 5-3 win against Elliot Slessor.

Selby, bidding to retain the world number one spot he has held since February 2015, was made to fight hard, letting slip a 3-1 lead before edging a scrappy eighth frame for victory.

He will now play Jamie Jones in the last 32, while Masters champion Mark Allen set up a clash with Jack Lisowski after cruising to a 5-1 win over Lyu Haotian.

World champion Mark Williams and Neil Robertson both registered 5-1 wins against Andy Lee and Alexander Ursenbacher respectively.

Ding Junhui overcame Chinese teenager Yuan Sijun 5-3 and Judd Trump, chasing his first ranking title for 10 months, won 5-1 against Martin O'Donnell.

Amateur James Cahill lost 5-4 to Andrew Higginson, who came from 4-1 down, while Kyren Wilson, China's Yan Bingtao and Michael Holt all progressed.


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