Snooker: Selby roars through Belgian openers

World number one Mark Selby came safely through his opening three matches at the Antwerp Open in Belgium.

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Mark Selby

Selby beat local hope Jurian Heusdens 4-0 in his opening match on Friday morning, then followed up in the afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Mark Davis.

And in the evening session the Jester from Leicester beat Ryan Day 4-0 to come through his first three rounds for the loss of just one frame.

In what was an unusual match-up, brothers John and Justin Astley came up against each other in the second round. Younger brother John edged a close-fought match 4-3 against 29-year-old Justin.

John Astley could not keep it up, however, losing 4-1 to Michael White in the evening's third round matches.

Friday's results:

Round 1

Mark Selby 4-0 Jurian Heusdens

Mark Davis 4-0 Jurgen van den Bossche

Ryan Day 4-3 Hans Blanckaert

Dave Harold 4-0 Tony Drago

Paul Davison 4-2 Ricky Norris

Michael Wild 2-4 Joel Walker

Cao Yupeng v Qualifier 5 (w/o)

Marcus Campbell 3-4 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Peter Lines 0-4 Marco Fu

Craig Steadman 2-4 Elliott Slessor

David Gilbert 3-4 Sean O'Sullivan

Rory McLeod 3-4 Jimmy Robertson

John Astley w/o Raphael Profeta

Nigel Bond 3-4 Justin Astley

Gary Wilson 4-3 Gerard Greene

Michael White 4-0 Erwin Goethals

John Higgins 4-0 Lee Page

Barry Hawkins 4-1 Reanne Evans

Andrew Norman 0-4 Anthony McGill

Allister Carter 4-0 Ryan Causton

Jamie Cope 4-0 Jurgen van Roy

Rod Lawler 4-2 Sydney Wilson

Ricky Walden w/o Andy Hicks

Michael Holt 4-3 Steve Davis

Anthony Hamilton 4-0 Michael Leslie

Jamie Burnett 4-2 Michael Wasley

Liam Highfield 4-2 Ian Glover

Joe Perry 4-2 Mike Dunn

Alfie Burden 4-2 Gareth Allen

Joe Swail 4-3 Jordan Brown

Ian Burns 4-2 Ben Harrison

Mark King 4-0 Thomas Broeckx

Round 2

Mark Selby 4-1 Mark Davis

Ryan Day 4-1 Dave Harold

Paul Davison 4-3 Joel Walker

Chris Norbury 4-3 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Marco Fu 4-0 Elliottt Slessor

Sean O'Sullivan 2-4 Jimmy Robertson

John Astley 4-3 Justin Astley

Gary Wilson 3-4 Michael White

Barry Hawkins 4-2 Anthony McGill

Ali Carter 4-1 Jamie Cope

Rod Lawler 1-4 Ricky Walden

Anthony Hamilton 4-2 Jamie Burnett

Liam Highfield 1-4 Joe Perry

Michael Holt 1-4 John Higgins

Joe Swail 3-4 Alfie Burden

Ian Burns 3-4 Mark King

Round 3

Mark Selby 4-0 Ryan Day

Marco Fu 4-2 Jimmy Robertson

John Astley 1-4 Michael White

Barry Hawkins 2-4 Allister Carter

Anthony Hamilton 3-4 Joe Perry

Alfie Burden 4-1 Mark King

Paul S Davison 4-3 Chris Norbury

Ricky Walden 1-4 John Higgins

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