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Defending champion Mark Selby enters fourth round at Scottish Open

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Defending Champion Mark Selby progressed to the last 16 at the Scottish Open with a 4-2 win over Xiao Guodong in Llandudno.

The world number one took a 3-0 lead before Xiao made the most of Selby’s mistakes to claim the next two goals.

However, Selby regained his composure to seal Friday and set up a meeting with Anthony McGill who overcame Jimmy Robertson with a score of 4-3.

Ronnie O’Sullivan took the final 16th place with a thrilling 4-3 win over Liang Wenbo.

After going 2-1 down, O’Sullivan fought back with breaks of 95 and 131 to take a 3-2 lead, before Liang produced a 128 break to bring things back into balance.

Liang then had his first chance in the seventh inning but couldn’t sustain everything and O’Sullivan then claimed victory with a 90-minute break.

That was after O’Sullivan’s comments the day before telling young children not to learn snooker were deemed “disgraceful” by John Higgins who won the match in the second round against Noppon Saengkham with a score of 4-1.

Others who have secured places in the last 16 are Jamie Jones – who will face O’Sullivan in the next round – Stephen Maguire, Fergal O’Brien, Ben Woollaston and Luca Brecel.

As well as Higgins’ win, the second-round action earlier on Wednesday included Judd Trump beat Craig Steadman 4-0, Shaun Murphy started with a 4-2 defeat to Li Hang of China, and Yan Bingtao was beaten 4-1 by Hammad Miah.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/mark-selby-anthony-mcgill-sullivan-john-higgins-judd-trump-b1972593.html Defending champion Mark Selby enters fourth round at Scottish Open

JACLYN DIAZ

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