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Selby opens Wuxi title defence with win

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ByEurosport
25/06/2012 at 11:54 | Updated 26/06/2012 at 07:00

Round-up: Defending champion Mark Selby opened up the 2012 Wuxi Classic with a 5-2 first-round victory over Barry Hawkins in China.

After dropping the opening frame, Selby put together runs of 61 and 120 to take the lead before doubling his advantage in a scrappy fourth frame, notching another half-century in the process.

And after the world number one missed a chance to mount a comeback in frame five and was pegged back to 3-2, another century (101) and an 88 moved the 'Jester from Leicester' into the next round where either Martin Gould or Jamie Cope await.

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In wild card qualifiers, Jamie Burnett and Rod Lawler overcame local opposition to reach the first round proper. Lawler defeated Li Hang 5-2 while Burnett overcame Jin Hong 5-3

Lawler will now play World Championship semi-finalist Stephen Maguire in the first round proper, while 2010 World kingpin Neil Robertson is next for Burnett.

Dave Harold, meanwhile, will play no further part after a 5-1 loss to Rouzi Maimaiti, who now faces infamous Mark Allen in the opening round.

Robert Milkins will take on Andrew Higginson after a 5-2 victory over Chen Feilong at the wild card stage.

Fergal O'Brien also progressed by a 5-2 scoreline against Lu Haotian, with 2012 Crucible finalist Ali Carter next up for the Irishman.

And Zhu Yinghui impressed in defeating Michael Holt 5-1 to secure a contest with Ricky Walden.

The winner of that will take on Joe Perry, who received a walkover into the second round after scheduled opponent Matthew Stevens pulled out with a back problem.

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