Selby & Ding out but Trump through at UK Championship

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Venue: York Barbican Dates: 23 November-5 December Coverage: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and app
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World fig 1 and satellite champion Mark Selby suffered a stunning upset astatine the UK Championship, beaten 6-2 successful the 2nd circular by Iran's Hossein Vafaei.

Selby fell 5-0 down arsenic Vafaei took power and though helium pulled 2 frames back, the satellite fig 63 won the lucifer by fluking successful a respotted black.

Favourite Judd Trump was made to enactment hard for a 6-3 triumph implicit Chris Wakelin.

Wakelin edged 3-2 ahead, but satellite fig 2 Trump took 4 successful a enactment to conflict done to the adjacent round.

The tourney has already seen a fig of shocks taking spot with defending champion Neil Robertson, erstwhile victor Shaun Murphy and Masters champion Yan Bingtao each heading retired early.

Trump, who lifted the trophy for the lone clip successful 2011, was a beaten finalist past twelvemonth successful an epic brushwood and looked to beryllium going location erstwhile trailing, but managed to claw himself implicit the enactment contempt not being astatine his best.

Trump is favourite for the UK Championship aft hammering John Higgins 10-4 to triumph the Champion of Champions lawsuit past clip out.

Asked if helium looks astatine the gully with different large names going out, Trump told BBC Two: "You bash a small bit, you cannot assistance yourself.

"When a crippled goes scrappy, not however I privation the crippled played, I had to excavation successful and you person to effort your hardest. There were a mates of frames I chucked away, determination were a fewer distractions with different tables going on.

"In the past sometimes erstwhile a crippled went similar that I gave up a small spot and went excessively attacking. I fto the balls dictate what happens present and springiness it my each all azygous shot.

"It decidedly comes from experience, I person scraped done that 1 and I americium inactive successful the draw."

Analysis

1997 satellite champion Ken Doherty connected BBC Two:

"It was a workman-like show from Trump. That is what you person to do, you can't beryllium flying consecutive away. He volition beryllium blessed with the triumph but helium volition person higher standards of his performance. Most importantly, helium is into the adjacent round. Wakelin refused a fewer shots, and Judd capitalised connected the chances.

"Sometimes you person to graft for wins due to the fact that the modular is truthful high. You person to enactment for your victories, frames tin spell scrappy and you cannot marque large breaks each the time."

Vafaei claims different large scalp

Selby was facing a whitewash decision erstwhile Vafaei made breaks of 106, 69, 55 and 56 but the Leicester subordinate got connected the committee successful the sixth framework earlier making 80 successful the next.

A melodramatic eighth framework saw Leicester's Selby cookware the last achromatic but the cueball went into the mediate pocket, forcing a respotted black.

After a prolonged tactical exchange, Vafaei tried to play a information changeable but ended up fluking the achromatic into the mediate pouch to instrumentality the match.

This was Vafaei's 2nd important scalp of the play having whitewashed six-time satellite champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-0 successful the German Masters.

"Beating the apical players is simply a large accomplishment for anyone," said Vafaei. "They are our legends truthful I person to respect them, if they suffer oregon triumph their names are ever there, we don't hide who they are. Mark Selby is 1 of the large ambassadors for america and specified a bully champion.

"I americium ever up for it, I privation to marque my radical arrogant of me, I privation to marque snooker bigger successful Iran than it is now. Thanks to God, I don't cognize what powerfulness helium is giving maine to go similar that."

Selby added: "I didn't play bully enough, Hossein was decidedly the amended subordinate and deserved to win. He started disconnected large and is simply a large front-runner, and if you fto him get distant helium tin stroke anyone away."

What has happened to Ding?

World fig 55 Sam Craigie caused different immense daze by beating three-time champion Ding Junhui 6-3.

Craigie made breaks of 55, 69, 105 and 84 to oust Chinese prima Ding, who won the tourney the past clip it took spot astatine the Barbican Centre successful 2019.

"I don't cognize what has happened to Ding," seven-time satellite champion Stephen Hendry said connected BBC Two.

"I don't cognize whether we person seen the champion of him.

"He looks similar helium doesn't truly attraction that overmuch anymore. In the past tourney helium twitched an casual reddish to bushed John Higgins. Any unit balls helium does not look similar getting anymore. I don't cognize wherever Ding goes from here."

Meanwhile, the 2004 champion Stephen Maguire was successful superb scoring form, making 2 centuries and 3 further breaks of 70 oregon much to outclass China's Tian Pengfei 6-1.

Northern Ireland's Jordan Brown thumped Pakistani subordinate Farakh Ajaib by the aforesaid scoreline to advance.

Wales' two-time champion Mark Williams was besides knocked retired aft a astonishment 6-5 decision by England's Anthony Hamilton.

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