Mark Selby: Defending world snooker champion took out by Yan Bingtao in second round

Mark Selby: Defending world snooker champion took out by Yan Bingtao in second round

Mark Selby beaten 13-10 by Yan Bingtao in second-round conflict that remembers the longest edge for Crucible history as the urgent 22nd endures 85 minutes and 22 seconds; six-time champ Ronnie O’Sullivan through to quarter-finals with 13-4 triumph over Mark Allen.

Reigning champ Mark Selby lost the longest edge in Crucible history as he crashed out of the World Snooker Championship against China’s Yan Bingtao.

Selby fell off most awful in an awe-inspiring 22nd edge enduring 85 minutes and 22 seconds – easily obscuring the past characteristic of 79 and a half minutes set by Gary Wilson and Luca Brecel in 2019.

Also, a resulting nerveless 100 years by 22-year-old Yan finished an overwhelming 13-10 achievement and sent him into a quarter-last conflict with three-time champion Mark Williams.

Selby looked on the splendid side after his loss, the four-time victor having entered the competition having fought
psychological well-being worries for a large part of the time and pulled out of the past two competitions in Turkey and Gibraltar.

“I’m pleased with myself,” said Selby. “After truly battling and detesting the game, I came into this competition not exactly knowing what’s in store.

“I felt like I was the better player for a significant part of the match. It seemed like my game was returning a little and I was appreciating it, so it’s certain going ahead.”

Yan had constructed a two-outline lead heading into their finishing up meeting and looked set to handily take care of the top dog when he won the initial two edges in the evening to stretch out his lead to 11-7.

In any case, Selby flooded back to inside one edge with successive breaks of 86, 117 and 88, setting up the at last vital 22nd casing which Yan at long last won in the wake of fitting the dark into the center.

O’Sullivan’s twentieth quarter-last spot obscures the past best he imparted to Stephen Hendry, while his 71st vocation win likewise took him clear for the quantity of matches won by a solitary player at the ongoing scene.

Ordinarily O’Sullivan, who is currently number one to match the Scot’s record of seven Crucible crowns one week from now, rehashed his standard affirmation that he cares very little about the majority of the acclamations that continue to come his direction.

“It makes next to no difference to me,” demanded O’Sullivan. “They’re not the sorts of insights that I’m glad for. The ones that I’m pleased with are the majors and there’s nothing else to it.”

O’Sullivan will confront Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals after the 41-year-old Scot took advantage of an acquired sign to endure a fightback from UK champion Zhao Xintong.

Maguire continued the last meeting of their match two casings from triumph however lost four of the initial five on Saturday before a break of 59 saw him seal a 13-9 win over the Chinese seventh seed.

In the mean time, Neil Robertson terminated two continuous century breaks to pull himself level with Jack Lisowski toward the finish of the initial meeting of their second-round match.

Lisowski had won four edges in succession to transform a 2-0 shortfall into a 4-2 lead, however the Australian dug profound to make it 4-4 in front of their resumption on Sunday.

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