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Holder Selby tumbles out of world championship

(Agencies) Updated: 2015-04-28 17:36

LONDON - Title holder Mark Selby was handed a shock 13-9 defeat by qualifier Anthony McGill in the second round of the world snooker championship in Sheffield on Friday.

McGill was 10-6 ahead as the pair went into the final session and he secured the three frames he needed to reach the quarter-finals in his first appearance at the Crucible Theater.

The Scot took the first frame after the resumption with a break of 68 and although Selby seized the next, an 87 put his opponent 12-7 ahead.

Englishman Selby then threatened to mount a fightback but McGill held firm and will next meet 2005 champion Shaun Murphy or Joe Perry.

Selby's defeat continued the so-called 'Crucible Curse'. No first-time champion has ever made a successful defence of his title.

"I have no embarrassment in losing," said Selby. "He played fantastic all match."

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