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Mark Selby v Joe Perry: Defending champion suffers shock early exit at 2018 World Championship

Defending champion Selby suffers shock early exit
By Eurosport

21/04/2018 at 22:11Updated 22/04/2018 at 09:09

Defending champion Mark Selby was handed a shock early exit at this year's World Championship, losing 10-4 to Joe Perry at the Crucible Theatre.

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Selby, trailed 7-2 after the morning session, and looked in serious trouble after Perry extended his lead to 8-2 but three-time champion Selby rallied, taking the next two.

Video - Perry ousts defending champion Selby


However, runs of 76 and 90 were enough for Perry to make the last 16.

Video - Joe Perry: I am very sharp


The world number one - who won the game's biggest prize in 2014, 2016 and 2017 - was never at his best against fellow Englishman Perry, a former Masters finalist who was forced to come through three rounds of qualifying to reach the Sheffield event.



Video - Perry storms into 7-2 lead over Selby


But Perry - a World Championship semi-finalist a decade ago - redoubled his efforts in the final three frames of the session with further knocks of 59, 84 and 109 leaving him only three frames from victory when they resume at 7pm on Saturday evening.

In Saturday morning's other match, world number 68 Lyu Haotian has opened up a 6-3 lead against world number 11 Marco Fu of Hong Kong.

The Chinese debutant Haotian made two centuries in establishing a three-frame lead against a figure who has been absent from the tour recently after eye surgery.

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First Round Schedule (best-of-19 frames)

Saturday 21 April

  • 10am
  • Mark Selby (1) 2-7 Joe Perry
  • Marco Fu (11) 3-6 Lyu Haotian
  • 2.30pm
  • Kyren Wilson (9) 7-2 Matthew Stevens
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan (2) 3-6 Stephen Maguire
  • 7pm
  • Mark Selby (1) 4-10 Joe Perry
  • Ali Carter (15) 3-6 Graeme Dott