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Slow Start For Maguire In Thailand


Maguire beat Ricky Walden 8-7 in last year’s final

Defending champion Stephen Maguire lost his first two group matches on the opening day of the SangSom Six Red World Championship at Fashion Island in Bangkok.

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Maguire won the title for the first time last year, but faces a struggle to progress to the knockout phase this time after losing 5-2 to Pankaj Advani and 5-1 to Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon. The top four from each of eight groups of six go through to the last 32.

John Higgins lost his opening match 5-4 to Yuan Sijun but recovered with a 5-3 defeat of Boonyarit Keattikul.

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Mark Selby

Selby got the better of Doherty

World number one Mark Selby started strongly by beating Joe Swail 5-1 and Ken Doherty 5-2, while Judd Trump’s only match on the first day was a 5-0 whitewash of Ahmed Galal.

Ding Junhui saw off Phaitoon Phonbun 5-1 while World Champion Stuart Bingham enjoyed a 5-0 defeat of Soheil Vahedi.