Thursday 18 January 2018

Mark Selby recovers to defeat Scott Donaldson in English Open in Barnsley

World number one Mark Selby came from behind to beat Scott Donaldson at the English Open in Barnsley
World number one Mark Selby came from behind to beat Scott Donaldson at the English Open in Barnsley

World number one Mark Selby was given a tough ride by Scott Donaldson in his first-round match of the English Open in Barnsley before coming through 4-3.

Donaldson, the 23-year-old world number 65, produced clearances of 121, 72 and 57 as he moved 3-2 ahead.

Selby regained momentum against the Scot after an unanswered run of 124 levelled the match before closing out victory.

Later on Tuesday, Ronnie O'Sullivan coasted past Zhang Anda. The five-time world champion, sporting a pair of running trainers, moved 3-0 ahead before another impressive break of 89 sealed his 4-1 win.

Ding Junhui, the current world number two, defeated Christopher Keogan 4-1, but w orld number six Marco Fu suffered an unexpected early exit, beaten 4-1 by Tian Pengfei of China.

Scotland's Stephen Maguire went down 4-0 against Robert Milkins, but Thailand's James Wattana progressed with a 4-2 win over Martin O'Donnell although there was also disappointment for Anthony Hamilton who was beaten 4-2 by Switzerland's Alexander Ursenbacher.

Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champion, lost 4-1 to Northern Ireland's Gerard Greene, Alan McManus was edged out 4-3 by fellow Scot Rhys Clark while England's Joe Perry lost 4-1 to Chinese player Yuan Sijun.

Elsewhere, Australian Neil Robertson, the world number eight, coasted past Billy Joe Castle 4-0, Mark Williams beat David Grace, but another former world champion Peter Ebdon lost 4-2 against Ben Woollaston.

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