Saturday 20 January 2018

Mark Selby and Anthony Hamilton slip up in World Grand Prix first round

Martin Gould, pictured, beat Mark Selby in the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix
Martin Gould, pictured, beat Mark Selby in the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix

There were two notable casualties in the first round of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix on Wednesday - Mark Selby and Anthony Hamilton.

World number one Selby lost 4-3 to Martin Gould at Preston's Guild Hall, while Mark Allen crushed German Masters winner Hamilton 4-0.

Selby lost the first two frames but replied with an 87 - only for Pinner's Gould to move within a frame of victory with a clearance of 142.

'The Jester from Leicester' hit back though, edging the next frame and taking the contest to a decider with a clearance of 64.

However, Gould maintained his composure and - after a rerack - made sure of his place in the last 16, helped by a break of 54.

He told ITV4 afterwards: "It's always a big win - he's the comeback king. I felt really good out there all match.

"I'm slowly but surely learning to be a fast starter - sometimes I'm slow out of the blocks," added the 35-year-old, who plays Masters runner-up Joe Perry in the second round.

Joining him there is Allen, who crushed German Masters winner Hamilton 4-0.

The Northern Irishman took control with breaks of 55, 85 and 78, then finished the job impressively with a clearance of 140.

Elsewhere there were 4-2 wins for Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui - against Ricky Walden and Yu Delu respectively.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is Robertson's opponent in the second round and the Australian said: "It's going to be nice to go into a game where no one expects me to win."

In the first of the second round matches, defending champion Shaun Murphy edged out Ding Junhui 4-3 to set up a quarter-final match against Ryan Day - who beat fellow Welshman Michael White 4-2.

Mark King was another 4-3 winner, against Ali Carter, and will play Marco Fu after his 4-2 defeat of Anthony McGill in the final game of the night to finish.

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