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Walden Withdraws From Shanghai Masters

Ricky Walden

New dad Ricky Walden

Ricky Walden has pulled out of this week’s Bank of Communications OTO Shanghai Masters following the arrival of his first child.

Wife Natalie gave birth to a boy on Monday. World number 11 Walden admitted in an interview last month that he could miss the tournament in Shanghai if the baby, which was due on September 3rd, arrived late.

The three-time ranking event winner was due to play Matthew Selt in his opening match on Wednesday, so Selt receives a bye to the last 16.