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Wilson started superbly as a 100 break handed him a 3-1 lead, but a couple of missed opportunities allowed Selby back in.
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Leading 4-3, Wilson stole the last frame after a nervy exchange, sinking the green with the rest in mid-air to steer him towards a two-frame advantage.
Meanwhile, Kyren Wilson secured a second-round meeting with Barry Hawkins.
World No 8 Wilson led debutant Scott Donaldson 6-2 going into the evening session, and won four of the next six frames to complete the victory.
Hawkins awaits in the second round following his 10-1 demolition of Li Hang.

Stylish green steers Kyren Wilson towards victory

AFTERNOON SESSION

Ali Carter saw off the challenge of Jack Lisowski to advance to the second round of the World Championship in Sheffield.
Two-time runner-up Carter won 10-6 at the Crucible to book a meeting with Zhou Yuelong, who knocked world No 6 Mark Allen out on Wednesday.
After being locked at 2-2, Carter won three frames on the spin and kept his nose in front thereafter despite Lisowski enjoying a 124 break as he aimed to mount a comeback.

'A great green!' Watch Carter's superb long pot in win over Lisowski

The other afternoon session saw Neil Robertson take a 5-3 lead in his second-round match against fellow former world champion Shaun Murphy.
In a high-quality affair, 2010 champion Robertson led 3-0 after scoring 106 in the first frame, but Murphy - winner in 2005 - battled back with a 109 to trail 4-2.
The pair then exchanged centuries, with Robertson securing a 124 before Murphy agonisingly missed out on a maximum.
Murphy had potted 14 reds and blacks, but the final red rattled the jaws of the left middle pocket as he looked to bring it back for the black, leaving him on 112.

147 heartbreak! Murphy misses tricky final red in bid for £60k maximum

With Robertson leading 5-3, their second round match will conclude on Friday morning.

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First-round results & latest scores (best of 19 frames)

  • Mark Williams (Wal) 10-7 Martin Gould (Eng)
  • David Gilbert (Eng) 10-7 Joe Perry (Eng)
  • Barry Hawkins (Eng) 10-1 Li Hang (Chn)
  • Kyren Wilson (Eng) 10-4 Scott Donaldson (Sco)
  • John Higgins (Sco) 10-7 Mark Davis (Eng)
  • Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-9 Graeme Dott (Sco)
  • Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-0 Luo Honghao (Chn)
  • Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-1 Michael Georgiou (Cyp)
  • Mark Selby (Eng) 10-7 Zhao Xintong (Chn)
  • Luca Brecel (Bel) 9-10 Gary Wilson (Eng)
  • Jack Lisowski (Eng) 6-10 Ali Carter (Eng)
  • Mark Allen (NI) 7-10 Zhou Yeulong (Chn)
  • Judd Trump (Eng) 10-9 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha)
  • Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-7 Anthony McGill (Sco)
  • Stephen Maguire (Sco) 10-9 Tian Pengfei (Chn)
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 8-10 James Cahill (Eng)

Second round schedule and latest scores

  • Shaun Murphy (Eng) 3-5 Neil Robertson (Aus)
  • Mark Selby (Eng) 3-5 Gary Wilson (Eng)
  • Stephen Maguire (Sco) v James Cahill (Eng)
  • Mark Williams (Wal) v David GIlbert (Eng)
  • John Higgins (Sco) v Stuart Bingham (Eng)
  • Judd Trump (Eng) v Ding Junhui (Chn)
  • Barry Hawkins (ENG) v Wilson (Eng)/Donaldson (Sco)
  • Ali Carter (Eng) v Zhou Yuelong (Chn)
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