Snooker news - Mark Selby falls short of 147 break in win over Ricky Walden
World number one Mark Selby was back to his very best in a sparkling 5-1 victory over Ricky Walden in the first round of the German Masters.
The world champion produced breaks of 71, 106, 53, 120 and 127 as he swept aside Walden to secure a meeting with David Gilbert in the last 16 of the Berlin event.
Selby almost made a 147 break in the fifth frame when he jawed a tough final yellow along the baulk cushion having landed perfectly on the green.
"I played a fantastic shot on the black," said Selby. "I thought 'all I've got to do is pot the yellow' but it wasn't to be."
By his standards, Selby toiled in losing 6-2 to Judd Trump in the Masters last eight a fortnight ago, but looks right back in peak scoring condition at the German capital's Tempodrom.
Selby won the German Masters in 2015 with a 9-7 victory over Shaun Murphy. He lost 9-7 to Mark Williams in the 2011 final.
Gilbert made the 147th 147 in snooker history at the Championship League last week, but top scored with only 61 in his 5-2 win over Ben Woollaston.
In the afternoon session, former world champion John Higgins was shocked 5-4 by teenager Yuan Sijun.
The 18-year-old took the opening frame but Higgins came back firing and won three on the bounce.
However Yuan responded perfectly with three half-century breaks in a row to move within one away from victory.
Higgins knocked in a break of 93 to force a decider but in a tense final frame Yuan eventually triumphed to move into the second round.
Neil Robertson continued his good form with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Kurt Maflin.
In the late session, world champion Mark Williams destroyed Joe Perry 5-0 in his second-round match.
Although he could not record a century break Williams looked in fine form as he eased himself into the quarter-finals with breaks of 54, 53, 53 and 63.
He is joined by Masters champion Judd Trump who hammered Yan Bingtao 5-1, notching a century break of 113 on the way.
“It’s virtually impossible to dominate now, you’d have to take the game to a standard no one has ever seen before,” said Trump, who is chasing a third trophy of the season.
"For me it’s just about going at my own pace. If I can win another two titles before the end of the season that would be amazing. But I’m not setting my sights too high, I’ll just keep trying to enjoy it. I’m very relaxed at the moment and that shows in the way I’m playing."
There was a comfortable win for Stephen Maguire as well as the Maverick beat the Milkman Robert Milkins 5-1 to secure quarter-final joust with Trump on Friday night.
Ebdon 5-2 to Kyren Wilson - who made fine breaks of 92 and 117 - after a shock 5-3 win over Shaun Murphy in the first round.
Wilson will face Williams in the quarter-finals.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
- David Gilbert 5-2 Ben Woollaston
- Xiao Guodong 5-1 Ryan Day
- Mark Selby 5-1 Ricky Walden
- Duane Jones 5-2 Jack Lisowski
- Neil Robertson 5-1 Kurt Maflin
- Stuart Bingham 5-2 Jimmy Robertson
- Peter Ebdon 5-3 Shaun Murphy
- Yuan Sijun 5-4 John Higgins
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
- Mark Williams 5-0 Joe Perry
- Kyren Wilson 5-2 Peter Ebdon
- Judd Trump 5-1 Yan Bingtao
- Stephen Maguire 5-1 Robert Milkins
- Mark Williams v Kyren Wilson
- Stephen Maguire v Judd Trump
- Sijun/Jones v Guedong/Ding
- Robertson/Bingham v Gilbert/Selby