Mark Selby suffered a shock exit in the last 32 of the Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan. An inspired Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
secured a 5-3 defeat of the current World Champion. The Thai started strongly, making 64 in the opener before moving into a 2-0 lead. However, Selby fought his way back and drew level at 2-2. Un-Nooh then made 91 in the seventh, to move to the verge of a huge result at 4-3. Just when Selby had looked set to force a decider, he missed a straightforward yellow which gifted the Thai player one of the biggest wins of his career so far.
“The first few frames I had to stay focused and just think shot by shot. But when he came back to 2-2, I thought the game was gone,” said Un-Nooh. “After the interval I started focusing again and that made me play really well.”
John Higgins came through after a tight encounter with the in-form Michael Holt. Riga Masters finalist Holt made four contributions over 50 and led 4-3. However, the four-time World Champion drew on all of his experience to claim the last two frames and secure a last 16 spot with a 5-4 victory.
Stuart Bingham succumbed to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Ali Carter, in a repeat of their 2016 Crucible meeting, which Carter
won 10-9. Bingham led 2-0 but 37-year-old Carter hit back with runs of 91 and 71 to establish a 3-2 advantage.
From there, further contributions of 78 and 63 saw the two-time Crucible finalist over the line, to book a last 16 clash with either Kyren Wilson or Daniel Wells.
There was never more than a frame between Ryan Day and Barry Hawkins, who were involved in a hard fought tie. Eventually, it was the Welshman Day who came out on top, making two centuries to seal a 5-4 victory and move into the last 16.
Alan McManus trailed home star Liang Wenbo 2-0 in their last 32 match. However, runs of 69, 100 and 64 helped the Scot to claim five frames on the bounce and clinch a 5-2 win.
David Gilbert continued his impressive form in Yushan, he produced a clinical performance to defeat Chinese teenager Zhou Yuelong 5-2. The win included a 125 break from Gilbert in frame six.
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