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Defending champion Trump marches on as Selby eyes £1m jackpot at NI Open

Defending champion Judd Trump looks to be in brilliant form at the NI Open
Defending champion Judd Trump looks to be in brilliant form at the NI Open
Mark Selby is going for top spot at the NI Open
Snooker ace Barry Hawkins
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

World No.1 and defending champion Judd Trump looks to be in scintillating form as he swept into the last-32 of the Northern Ireland Open at the Waterfront Hall.

The 30-year-old took no time at all in seeing off the challenge of Zhang Anda, winning 4-1 and setting up a third round meeting with Si Jiahui on Thursday, which he will be confident of winning.

Trump hit breaks of 125, 90, 76 and 64 on his way to victory, dropping only the third frame en route to a comfortable win in front of a favourable crowd in Belfast.

Three-time world champion Mark Selby has continued his fine form as well as he stormed into the third round in equally impressive fashion.

The World No.6 made light work of Matthew Stevens, cruising to a 4-1 win over his fellow Englishman and ensuring he'll be back on Thursday as he goes for the £1million on offer for winning all four Home Nations titles.

Next up for 36-year-old Selby will be a tougher challenge against Luca Brecel, who was in dominant form in sweeping aside Matthew Selt 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a day for the top seeds as Kyren Wilson also secured safe passage into round three by downing Peter Ebdon 4-1, while 2016 NI Open finalist Barry Hawkins needed a seventh frame decider to see off Michael Holt 4-3.

Stephen Maguire defeated Mark Davis 4-2, Ali Carter also had to battle through a seventh frame against Li Hang to secure his place in round three with a 4-3 win, while Yan Bingtao cruised past Marco Fu 4-1.

And there was joy for Ireland's Ken Doherty, who reached the last-32 with a 4-0 whitewashing of Soheil Vahedi that sets up a third round clash with Thepchaiya Un-Nooh on Thursday.

However, there was disappointment for Irish teenager Ross Bulman, who couldn't follow up his first professional win as he was defeated 4-2 by World No.15 Joe Perry.

The biggest names to go out on Wednesday were Martin O'Donnell and Liang Wenbo, who lost to lower-ranked opposition in Alexander Ursenbacher and Tian Pengfei respectively.

Mark Allen continues his push to be the first home winner of the event when he takes on Jamie O'Neill at 7pm, while Jordan Brown is also at the table against Stuart Bingham, who hit a 147 break yesterday, at 4:30pm.

Ronnie O'Sullivan in action at 7pm and John Higgins and Shaun Murphy are both slated to start at 8pm.

DAY THREE - ROUND TWO

Results

10am: Si Jiahui 4-1 Chen Zifan, Yan Bingtao 4-1 Marco Fu, Rod Lawler 2-4 Andrew Higginson, Jak Jones 0-4 Anthony Hamilton, Liang Wenbo 2-4 Tian Pengfei, Robbie Williams 4-1 Hammad Miah, Martin O'Donnell 3-4 Alexander Ursenbacher, Barry Hawkins 4-3 Michael Holt

1pm: Ali Carter 4-3 Li Hang, Mark Selby 4-1 Matthew Stevens, Matthew Selt 0-4 Luca Brecel, Soheil Vahedi 0-4 Ken Doherty, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-2 Mei Xi Wen, Mitchell Mann 1-4 Harvey Chandler, Chen Feilong 3-4 Billy Joe Castle, Ian Burns 3-4 Scott Donaldson

2pm: Judd Trump 4-1 Zhang Anda, Peter Ebdon 1-4 Kyren Wilson, Mark Davis 2-4 Stephen Maguire, Joe Perry 4-2 Ross Bulman

Fixtures

4:30pm: Mark Joyce v Jackson Page, Jordan Brown v Stuart Bingham

7pm: Graeme Dott v Craig Steadman, Jamie O'Neill v Mark Allen, Ricky Walden v Sam Baird, Jimmy Robertson v Fergal O'Brien, Joe O'Connor v Yuan SiJun, Ben Woollaston v David Lilley, Stuart Carrington v Zhou Yuelong, Peifan Lei v Ronnie O'Sullivan

8pm: Kacper Filipiak v John Higgins, Shaun Murphy v Luo Honghao

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