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World Snooker Championship 2018: Mark Selby beaten by Joe Perry in first round

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bbc.comDefending champion Mark Selby was knocked out in the first round of the World Championship after a shock 10-4 defeat by Joe Perry.The result ended Selby's two-year hold on the trophy, having won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.A nightmare start on the first day saw the world number one fall 4-0 and 7-2 behind, from which he never recovered.
Although Selby rallied with two frames, Perry, the competition's oldest player at 43, sealed a famous victory. Cambridgeshire's Perry has only ever won one ranking title during his career and the furthest he has reached in this tournament is the semi-finals 10 years ago.The world number 22 was in inspired form, compiling a century and seven further breaks of over 50 to advance into the second round where he faces either Masters champion Mark Allen or fellow qualifier Liam Highfield.For Selby, it brings to an end a substandard season in which he won two ranking titles, including the previous China Open event, but failed to progress past the second round on seven occasions.A poor first session proved to be his undoing, missing out on becoming the first player since Stephen Hendry in the 1990s to win three or more world titles in a row and ending his 10-match winning streak at the Crucible Theatre.
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Off-colour O'Sullivan
Five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will hope to avoid Selby's fate, but has work to do after falling 6-3 behind against Stephen Maguire after the first session.'The Rocket' is aiming for a record sixth ranking title of the season and 34th overall as he looks to close in on Stephen Hendry's all-time record of 36.But like Selby, he lost the opening four frames against his Scottish opponent, compiling a high break of just 27 and seeing his pot success rate fall to 76%.A three-frame burst in 17 minutes after the mid-session, including back-to-back centuries, allowed world number two O'Sullivan to pull to within one, but Maguire took the next two for a three-frame advantage.They play to a finish from 10:00 BST on Sunday.
Elsewhere...
Hong Kong's Marco Fu fell 6-3 behind against debutant Lyu Haotian after the first session. They play to a finish on Sunday from 19:00 BST.Masters finalists Kyren Wilson opened up a comfortable 7-2 lead over two-time world runner-up Matthew Stevens, making a superb 126 clearance in the ninth frame. They resume on Sunday at 19:00 BST.More to follow.
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