It's the biggest day of Matt Selt's snooker career. The 24 year-old is appearing in the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time and faces world champion John Higgins at the Shanghai Masters.

Selt warmed up nicely yesterday, recording two centuries in beating wildcard Shi Hanqing 5-0.

He is the only player to have started in the very first qualifying round and made it to Shanghai.

Stephen Hendry is meeting Marcus Campbell for the first time since he was drubbed 9-0 by him in the first round of the 1998 UK Championship.

There have been few bigger shocks but it actually did Hendry a favour. He was in denial about the state of his game at the time and it provided a wake up call.

He went back to the drawing board and ended that season by winning a record seventh world title.

Ken Doherty will be looking to maintain his encouraging start to the season against Neil Robertson, who himself impressed in the Premier League last week.

And Ricky Walden starts the defence of his title. They'll be up early in Bagillt to watch his match against Mark King.

There's an excellent piece on Walden on worldsnooker.com here.


Anonymous said...

Well!! Hnedry 1:4 down but still hanging in there:)

RichP said...

Walden could not have asked for an easier start to his defence. King was shambolic and Walden wasn't much better. Snooker doesn't sell itself very well with matches like this unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

It'll be more bad news for snooker if M.Selt makes it. Remember, he "allegedly" offered his opponent £1000 to lose a crucial PIOS match a couple of seasons ago. He was fined by the WPBSA but wasn't technically guilty - whatever that means!

RichP said...

Shame the Hendry game wasn't on the box. Must admit i'd forgotten that it was Selt that had done that. The sooner he's off the tour the better but good runs in this event aren't going to help.

Anonymous said...

there were a lot of posts about selt on here.

what was the fine by the wpbsa and how comes it was only a fine?

Claus Christensen said...

Hendry proved to be the ultimate come-back kid. Well done Stephen!!
No curse of the Campbell this time.

Anonymous said...

dave can you please confirm what will be the morning game shown on eurosport tomorrow ding or murphy match?

Dave H said...

Murphy v Holt

Dave H said...

Matt Selt wasn't found guilty of anything

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