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Higgins upset by qualifier in snooker worlds
2006-04-16 20:24:34 Xinhua English
LONDON, April 16(Xinhua)-- Former world champion John Higgins was upset by qualifier Mark Selby in the first round of the world snooker championships in Sheffield, England, on Sunday.

Higgins, ranked 7th in the world, failed to produce his best form against Selby, whom he beat easily in last year's championships.

Selby, who led 6-3 overnight, saw Higgins win the opening frame of the session with a break of 58.

However, Selby regained his three-frame lead with a 123 break and also won the following three frames to complete an impressive 10-4 win.

Six-times champion Steve Davis, 48, advanced to the second round after beating Andy Hicks 10-4.

World number 11 Stephen Lee held off a tough challenge from qualifier Allister Carter to secure his place in the second round.

Scotland's Graeme Dott eased through to the second round after beating 1991 champion John Parrott 10-3.

Irishman Ken Doherty surged to an 8-1 first session lead over Barry Hawkins while Stephen Maguire is 6-3 up against Mark King. Enditem


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