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Jimmy White suffers Masters defeat to Mark King

The Masters 2010
Venue: Wembley Arena, London Dates: 10-17 January
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website

Jimmy White

Wildcard White knocked out by King at Masters (UK only)

Jimmy White said he felt "sickened" after Mark King ended his Masters dream with a 6-2 win at Wembley Arena.

The 'Whirlwind' was given a wildcard for the event but failed to fire despite backing from a crowd which included Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.

World number 16 King potted solidly against the former champion with breaks of 56, 64 and 85 and will face Stephen Maguire in the second round on Monday.

Earlier, there were victories for Mark Selby and Peter Ebdon.

Players at Wembley Arena are now accompanied by music as they enter the auditorium, as part of new World Snooker boss Barry Hearn's attempts to revitalise the sport with White using the Dire Straits classic Money for Nothing.

The music was great, it pumps you up and gets you involved

Mark Selby

But the six-time world championship runner-up was soon in dire straits himself, as he struggled to keep control of the cue ball, looking a shadow of the player who became such a favourite with the London crowd.

He handed the first frame to King with numerous errors but was on course to level at 1-1 until he overran position on the final black, but King gave him another chance which he took to the relief of the crowd.

King took the next with a break of 64 before going into the break 3-1 ahead and although White clawed one back after the interval with a run of 48, from there on it was all King.

He claimed the next three frames, the highlight a break of 85 in frame seven, with White unable to find fluency among the balls.

White, was given an entry following some decent displays on the baize and his exploits on reality television show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

He was supported by jungle contestants Gino D'Acampo, Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister.

But the 47-year-old, who won the Masters in 1984, was candid when assessing how he performed.

Mark King

Masters stars rock Wembley (UK only)

"It was woeful. It was sickening to play like that," White told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's not like I didn't have any chances - I had loads of chances, I had chances every game.

"But it was a great atmosphere, I think Barry Hearn will do great for the game.

"It's just a bit frustrating to play like that with the way I'm playing in practice."

Mark Selby will now go forward to face John Higgins or Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

Jimmy White - Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
Mark King - You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It) by Ice Cube
Mark Selby - Underdog by Kasabian
Ding Junhui - Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Peter Ebdon - Can You Feel the Force? by The Real Thing
Marco Fu - I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Selby cruised through to the quarter-finals with a stunning 6-1 victory over China's Ding Junhui while Ebdon also made it through to the last eight, coming from 2-0 down to defeat Hong Kong's Marco Fu 6-2.

Ding, who won the UK Championship last month, came out to Survivor's classic Eye of the Tiger made famous in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky while Selby's chose Underdog by Kasabian, a band from his hometown of Leicester.

"The music was great, it pumps you up and gets you involved," admitted Selby. "I would have liked to have Ding's tune though as I would have come out with boxing gloves and a towel!"

Selby certainly had to scrap to take an awkward opening frame, Ding had the chance to take the second but a missed blue to the centre pocket proved crucial.

Ding did not recover and breaks of 45, 54 and 64 gave Selby, beaten by Ronnie O'Sullivan in last year's final, a 5-0 lead.


Ding made a 38 clearance, including a long pot on the final black, to get a frame back but Selby wrapped up the win when clearing from the final red.

"Every time I play here I seem to produce my best," said Selby. "I like the one-table set-up because you know when you go out there that all eyes are on you."

Fu made a good start in his match, going 2-0 ahead after taking advantage when Ebdon blocked himself on a red.

Fu should have extended his lead but he missed a brown and Ebdon cleared up with a 27 break to make the score 2-1 before levelling up the match.

After the interval, Ebdon took charge of the contest and breaks of 66, 63 and 93 saw the 2002 world champion home.

Masters first round:

Mark Williams (Wal) v Rory McLeod (Eng)
Mark King (Eng) 6-2 Jimmy White (Eng)

Masters second round:

Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)
Marco Fu (HK) 2-6 Peter Ebdon (Eng)
Allister Carter (Eng) v Williams/McLeod
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Stephen Hendry (Sco)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) v Mark King (Eng)
Ryan Day (Wal) v Joe Perry (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) 6-1 Ding Junhui (Chi)
John Higgins (Sco) v Mark Allen (NI)

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see also
Masters 2010 - Full results
16 Jan 10 |  Snooker
O'Sullivan hails Hearn influence
09 Jan 10 |  Snooker
White buoyant for Masters return
07 Jan 10 |  Snooker
Snooker secures Masters sponsor
07 Jan 10 |  Snooker
White given wildcard into Masters
17 Dec 09 |  Snooker
Ding defeats Higgins in UK final
14 Dec 09 |  Snooker
O'Sullivan reclaims Masters crown
19 Jan 09 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
08 Apr 11 |  Snooker

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