Mark Selby beaten by Tom Ford, but Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham and Shaun Murphy safely through

Selby stunned by Ford, but Trump, Bingham and Murphy safely through
By Eurosport

10/03/2016 at 18:28Updated 10/03/2016 at 18:30

Mark Selby saw his World Grand Prix hopes dashed 4-2 by his friend Tom Ford, but Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham are safely into the last 16.

A day after Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson suffered surprise defeats to Michael Holt and Peter Ebdon respectively, world number one Selby was forced to sit and suffer as Ford produced some redoubtable form to secure a meeting with Ali Carter after the former world championship finalist enjoyed a 4-1 win over Luca Brecel in Llandudno.

Leicester's Selby ran in a 60 in the first frame, but knocks of 40, 112 and 84 helped world number 48 Ford on his way to the last 16 with Selby failing to find his peak levels of form.

Defending champion Trump was not in the mood to become the latest high-profile casualty against two-times former world champion Mark Williams.

"I prefer playing against the top names, said Trump. "I’d rather they were still in it because I always play worse against the lower seeds."

Trump was a 4-1 winner over Williams in the first round while world champion Bingham progressed past David Gilbert by the same scoreline

Breaks of 60, 71 and 122 were enough for Bristol's former UK champion Trump to progress with a knock of 67 from Williams in the third frame preventing a whitewash.

Judd Trump in action  (Pic: World Snooker)

Judd Trump in action (Pic: World Snooker)Eurosport

Williams had the chance to level at 2-2, but broke down on 49 as Trump cleared with 36 before an immaculate century break helped him to secure a meeting with Bingham in the last 16.

Bingham blew at least four obvious chances to win the first frame before losing it to a closing run of 46 by Gilbert, but that was as good as it was to get for the world number 20.

Shaun Murphy

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Shaun Murphy took only 54 minutes to complete a 4-0 win over Michael White compiling superb runs of 75, 79 and 89 in overwhelming the Welsh player. He will face Martin Gould on Thursday.

"In snooker these days you can’t wait for opportunities, you have to seize the day and got for your shots," said Murphy. "When the stars align you have to make sure you take your chances. My chances have improved now that three of the best players on the planet have gone out, but I’m too old in the tooth to say I’m going to go on and win it. I’ve just to to prepare properly for my next match."

Schedule/Latest results

Tuesday March 8

First round (best of seven frames)

Neil Robertson 3-4 Peter Ebdon

Ben Woollaston 3-4 Ding Junhui

Joe Perry 4-0 Barry Hawkins

Martin Gould 4-0 Tian Pengfei

John Higgins 4-0 Stephen Maguire

Matthew Selt 1-4 Ryan Day

Ronnie O'Sullivan 3-4 Michael Holt

Mark Allen 4-2 David Grace

Wednesday March 9

First round (best of seven frames)

David Gilbert 1-4 Stuart Bingham

Judd Trump 1-4 Mark Williams

Liang Wenbo 4-1 Graeme Dott

Marco Fu 3-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Mark Selby 2-4 Tom Ford

Shaun Murphy 4-0 Michael White

Luca Brecel 1-4 Ali Carter

Kyren Wilson 4-2 Jamie Jones

Thursday March 10

Second round (best of seven frames)


Mark Allen v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Ding Junhui v Peter Ebdon

John Higgins v Ryan Day

Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham

Second round (best of seven frames)


Tom Ford v Ali Carter

Joe Perry v Kyren Wilson

Martin Gould v Shaun Murphy

Michael Holt v Liang Wenbo