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The world No 2 - China Open winner in 2015, 2017 and 2018 - was never really let into the match by his fellow Englishman, who has slipped to No 92 in the world.

Selby hits white off table, concedes match to Steadman

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Robertson completes victory at the China Open
08/04/2019 AT 11:57
Selby, recently deposed as world No 1 by Ronnie O'Sullivan, barely had a look in as he lost three frames in a row to go 5-3 down. And an unlucky foul, where the white ball left the table, in the final frame eventually led to his demise in a scrappy frame that Steadman edged.
Steadman made runs of 77, 108 and 86 from 3-2 behind to secure a meeting with Dominic Dale in the first round.
The pair shook hands after Selby fouled again when snookered on the blue. The result means O'Sullivan, who is missing the trip to China, will be world number one at the World Championship.

'Incredible!' - Selby bounces yellow off table

“Craig was unbelievable, he played as well as a top 16 player,” said Selby. “From 3-2 I didn’t do much wrong. Sometimes you just have to say ‘well played’ to your opponent. It seems to be going that way for me at the moment, I am playing well and still losing.
Hopefully my results will turn around. I had the number one spot for four years but sooner or later I was going to lose it, and Ronnie has played well this season. It will make me stronger, to try to get it back. I’ll go home now and prepare for Sheffield.
Neil Robertson completed a 6-2 win over Kishan Hirani with breaks of 119 and 138 while Ali Carter edged Kurt Maflin 6-5.
Meanwhile, Anthony McGill booked his place in the second round with a 6-4 win over Nigel Bond.

Qualifying round results

  • Mark Selby 3-6 Craig Steadman
  • Mark King 6-3 Bai Langing
  • Xiao Guodong 6-1 Soheil Vahedi
  • Joe Perry 6-3 Wu Yize
  • Xiao Guodong 6-1 Soheil Vahedi
  • Mark Davis 4-6 Chang Bingyu
  • Pang Junxu w/o Mark Allen
  • Ding Junhui 6-1 Zhang Jiankang
  • Mark Williams 6-4 Harvey Chandler

First round results

  • Ali Carter 6-5 Kurt Maflin
  • Kishan Hirani 2-6 Neil Robertson
  • Jamie Clarke 4-6 Stuart Carrington
  • Anthony McGill 6-4 Nigel Bond
  • Hossein Vafaei 6-2 Robert Milkins
  • Zhou Yuelong 3-6 Li Hang
  • Elliot Slessor 0-6 Stuart Bingham
  • Luca Brecel 6-1 Sam Baird
  • Ding Junhui 6-1 Zhang Jiankang
  • Gerard Greene 6-2 Chris Wakelin
  • David B Gilbert 6-4 Matthew Salt
  • Marco Fu 3-6 Mei Xiwen
  • Stuart Carrington 6-4 Jamie Clarke
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How Robertson won the China Open
08/04/2019 AT 11:53