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Mixed Day For Selby In Thailand
Mark Selby encountered mixed fortunes as he got his Sangsom World Six Reds Championships campaign underway in Bangkok.
The World number one started with a 5-3 win over Malaysia’s Moh Keen Hoo in group H. However, later on in the day he succumbed to a 5-4 loss against Luca Brecel. The talented Belgian held his nerve in the decider, to win on the final black.
Defending champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh recorded two wins on day one. He first defeated Mohammad Shebab 5-2, before seeing off Germany’s Lukas Kleckers 5-3.
As one of the most well-known sporting figures in Thailand, there’s always pressure on James Wattana to perform in his home country. Like Un-Nooh, he came through the first day undefeated, recording a 5-1 one over Babir Masih and a 5-2 defeat of Wayne Brown.
There was further success for the host country as Akani Songsermsawad shocked Martin Gould, making a break of 70 on the way to a 5-0 whitewash.
Multiple billiards World Champion Pankaj Advani claimed a 5-4 victory over Ding Junhui in one of the standout clashes of day one.
The Indian no longer holds a tour card, but still feels he has the potential to perform well.
Advani said: “I think I have it in me still to do a little bit of damage. I don’t know how far I’ll go but it’s always nice to beat one of the favourites for the tournament and probably the best Asian player to have ever played the game.”
Matthew Selt made a maximum 75 break on his way to a 5-0 win over Moh Keen Hoo. The 31-year-old Selt also secured a 5-2 win over Peter McCullagh, meaning he comes out of day one with an 100% record.
Robert Milkins made a 75 break during his second win of the day, a 5-1 victory against Phaitoon Phonbun.
Two-time World Champion Mark Williams suffered defeat against 16-year-old Yuan Sijun from China. The talented Sijun made a break of 52 on his way to the win.