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Mark Selby dumped out of German Masters by Xiao Guodong, Ding Juhui defeats Ricky Walden

Selby dumped out of German Masters by Xiao, Ding defeats Walden

01/02/2018 at 15:27Updated 01/02/2018 at 22:28

A lacklustre performance by world number one Mark Selby led him to defeat against China's Xiao Guodong in the German Masters on Thursday.

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Selby was facing an early end to his participation in the tournament when he found himself trailing 4-3 to China's Xiao.

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Xiao took the first set with a confident break of 88 as he made a total of 133 to Selby's single point.

Selby hit back before Xiao took another two frames, scoring heavily to secure his first four frames before Selby made 78 to take it to the eighth frame.

Xiao's solid defensive play exploited poor safety play from Selby as he attempted to hold on.

Ding Junhui wrapped up an impressive 5-2 victory over Ricky Walden to reach the quarter-finals where he will be joined by Mark Williams, Judd Trump and Jimmy Robertson, who all won their second round matches.

Shaun Murphy qualified for the next round with a victory over Scotland's Alan McManus.

The sixth-ranked Murphy's break of 138 in the third frame is the highest break of the event so far.

There were also first round wins for Mark Davis, Mei Xi Wen, Ryan Day, Graeme Dott, Liang Wenbo and Mark Joyce.

GERMAN MASTERS RESULTS

Round Two

  • Robertson 5-3 Wilson
  • Trump 5-3 Perry
  • Williams 5-2 Selt
  • Ding 5-2 Walden

Round One

  • Joyce 5-4 Gilbert
  • Dott 5-3 Hawkins
  • Xiao 5-3 Selby
  • Liang 5-1 Ford
  • Day 5-1 Un-Nooh
  • Davis 5-2 Zhang
  • Murphy 5-2 McManus
  • Xiwen 5-1 Miah
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