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Aaron Hill dumps Mark Selby out of Welsh Open

World number 66 Aaron Hill sent Mark Selby crashing out of the Welsh Open in the second round.

Four-time world champion Selby, currently sitting fifth in the world snooker rankings, was beaten 4-2 by Irishman Hill.

The display from 21-year-old Hill impressed Ronnie O’Sullivan, who was on punditry duty for Eurosport.

O’Sullivan said: “He played really well. He’s a strong player. I’ve played him before. (He) hits the ball really well.

“He fancies the job. He walks around the table like, ‘I’m here to win’.”

Fellow former world champions Mark Williams and Neil Robertson were also knocked out in Llandudno on Wednesday.

Williams was swept aside 4-1 by Anthony McGill in their third-round encounter while Robertson was beaten 4-2 by Ricky Walden.

But current world champion Luca Brecel was on form with a convincing 4-0 win over Joe O’Connor in the second round.

World number three Mark Allen is through to the fourth round after beating China’s Si Jiahui 4-1 while John Higgins beat Ryan Day 4-1 at the same stage.


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