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Hitman Ends Warrior’s Reign

Kyren Wilson’s defence of his Shanghai Masters title has ended at the first hurdle, as he crashed out against Michael Holt on day two.

Wilson's reign as Shanghai Masters Champion is over.

Wilson’s reign as Shanghai Masters Champion is over.

Holt took the opening two frames of the match and looked set to be moving three ahead, when he extracted ten consecutive fouls from Wilson. However, the Warrior turned the frame around to trail 2-1.

The Hitman then pulled away again and moved one frame from victory, before Wilson hit back with a contribution of 101. Holt responded in turn with a 101 break of his own to run out a 5-2 winner.

Mark Allen proved to be too strong for Indian Open Champion Anthony McGill in a 5-0 demolition.

McGill got in first with a break of 34 in the opener, before Allen came back to pinch the frame on the black. From there it was an uphill struggle for the Scot. Allen made breaks of 53, 55 and 41 as coasted to a whitewash victory.

“I capitalised on mistakes from Anthony today and will have to play better in the next round,” said Allen. “I had expected something completely different. I thought having won the Indian Open he would be very aggressive and make it tough for me. It was the complete opposite.”

Ryan Day was in fine form as he cruised to a win over wildcard Ma Bing. The Welshman made breaks of 72, 107, 108 and 87 as he ran out a comfortable 5-1 winner.

Kurt Maflin saw off Guan Zhen by a 5-1 scoreline. The Norwegian wasn’t troubled by the Chinese wildcard as he made runs of 53,60 and 96 on his way to the win.