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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 23:19 GMT
Selby ousts Hendry from Masters
By Sam Lyon

Mark Selby
Selby made just one break of over 50 but edge through at Wembley
Mark Selby won the last three frames to secure a 6-5 victory over Stephen Hendry in an error-strewn first-round Masters match at Wembley.

In a match characterised by missed pots and poor safety play, only three breaks of over 50 were made by the players.

The best - a break of 105 - looked to have put Hendry on the way to victory, but Selby's impressive comeback set up a match against Stephen Maguire.

In Monday's final match Peter Ebdon beat wildcard qualifier Ryan Day 6-4.

I'll think about my career in the summer

Steve Davis

That contest was also littered with unforced errors and poor positional play.

But provisional world number seven Ebdon was marginally more consistent and he produced breaks of 92, 76, 52 and 50 to construct a 4-2 lead.

Day replied with a couple of 50 breaks to level, but Ebdon then compiled breaks of 55 and 66 to break his opponent's resistance and set up a second-round match against Graeme Dott or Stephen Lee.

Hendry was defiant over this career prospects after his defeat to Selby.

"I feel I'm too good not to come back," said the Scot. "People keep saying that Hendry's gone but that's all rubbish. One good performance and I'll be back.

606: DEBATE

"If I was playing that way in practice then I'd have given up - but I'm not.

"When I needed the chances at 5-3 up I didn't really get any, but I was given hundreds of chances earlier in the match.

"It was one of those matches. The BBC said I was gritty but I don't want to be gritty, I want to be playing well and winning."

Marco Fu
Fu made five breaks of 50 or more

Selby admitted he was surprised Hendry had not won the match.

"With Stephen 5-3 up I fully expected him to go and clear up. I know I'll have to play better in order to beat Stephen Maguire in the next match."

In the first match of the day, Marco Fu defeated an out-of-sorts Steve Davis 6-2 to reach the main draw.

Six-time world champion Davis had plenty of chances to win the match but struggled with his potting and was unable to build any significant breaks.

Hong Kong's Fu, the world number 13, made four breaks of more than 50 and had one of 104, although he too was far from his best.

Fu, who will play Australia's Neil Robertson in the first round, put his win down to Davis' mistakes.

"I was capitalising more on Steve's errors than creating good chances of my own," said Fu. "I'll certainly have to play a lot better."

There was no point in getting upset... the end result was that I played rubbish

Steve Davis

Davis adopted a philosophical stance after his defeat.

"There's no point in getting upset," said Davis, who is provisionally number 27 in rankings. "The end result was that I played rubbish.

"Who knows if this is going to be my last Masters because I might drop out of the top 16 by the end of the season.

"I'd prefer to qualify for the Masters by right, but if I get an invite I won't refuse it. I'll think about my career in the summer."



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