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Mark Selby beats Ben Woollaston to progress at China Open

Selby beats Woollaston to progress at China Open

04/04/2018 at 09:21Updated 04/04/2018 at 22:22

World number one Mark Selby clinched a 6-3 victory over Ben Woollaston to reach the third round of the China Open on Wednesday.

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The 34-year-old from Leicester closed out a very comfortable victory over Woollaston to advance.

Selby recorded back-to-back 135 breaks en route to the last 16.

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Woollaston, ranked number 38 in the world, could only muster three frames in the encounter.

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Victory at the tournament would guarantee Selby the season-ending world number one ranking for a seventh straight year.

Elsewhere, former world champion Neil Robertson clinched a 6-5 win over Sam Craigie, holding his nerve in a tense deciding frame.

Barry Hawkins thrashed Michael White 6-1, while Jack Lisowski stunned John Higgins with a 6-2 win.

China Open results

  • Luo Honghao 6 – 5 Duane Jones
  • Tom Ford 6 – 4 Elliot Slessor
  • Gary Wilson 6 – 4 Joe Perry
  • Mark Allen 6 – 4 Yan Bingtao
  • Graeme Dott 6 – 3 Chris Wakelin
  • Cao Yupeng 6 – 2 David B Gilbert
  • Ding Junhui 6 – 2 Xiao Guodong
  • Mark J Williams 6 – 1 Michael Holt
  • Stuart Bingham 6 – 5 Ricky Walden
  • Lü Haotian [73] 6 – 5 Fergal O'Brien
  • Neil Robertson 6 – 5 Sam Craigie
  • Zhou Yuelong 6 – 2 Jak Jones
  • Mark Selby 6 – 3 Ben Woollaston
  • Kyren Wilson 6 – 4 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 6 – 2 John Higgins
  • Barry Hawkins 6 – 1 Michael White
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