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Saturday 16 December 2017

World No 1 Mark Selby suffers shock defeat in Welsh Open

Mark Selby
Mark Selby

World number one Mark Selby has suffered a shock BetVictor Welsh Open defeat to rising 19-year-old Belgian star Luca Brecel.

Brecel, who became the youngest player to compete in the Crucible stages of the world championships in 2012, came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to record a 4-3 last-16 win over Selby, ranked 65 places above him.

Although Selby knocked in breaks of 131 and 114, Brecel levelled the game at 3-3 with a 101 of his own before capitalising on a mistake in the decider by the former world champion to make it into last-eight clash.

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