December 3, 2020

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German Masters Snooker: Robertson and Selby among top seeds tumbling early

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Neil Robertson suffered a surprise loss in the first round of the German Masters (Picture: Getty Images)

A string of big names have fallen at the first hurdle at the German Masters, with Mark Selby and Neil Robertson both suffering upset defeats on Thursday in their opening matches of the tournament.

The first two rounds of the event are being played in Milton Keynes this week, with the last 32 onwards scheduled to be held in Berlin in January at the brilliant Tempodrom.

The event in the German capital is one of the most popular on the tour for players, but a number of the very best in the world will not be there after plenty of shocks in the first round.

Robertson was narrowly beaten 5-4 by Ben Woollaston on Thursday evening, while Selby was downed 5-3 by Fergal O’Brien earlier in the day.

Also failing to win a match in the event were the likes of Mark Williams, David Gilbert, Ali Carter, Yan Bingtao, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Gary Wilson and Scott Donaldson, all of whom are out early.

Williams’ loss was probably the biggest of the upsets as he was beaten by Paul Davison, the veteran who is not won tour anymore and has always found wins tough to come by in his numerous stints on tour.

Ronnie O’Sullivan didn’t enter the event, so with Selby and Robertson out that means three of the world’s top four will not be playing in Berlin in January.

Judd Trump remains and takes on Peter Lines in the second round of qualifying on Friday evening for a place in the main stages.

There are still plenty of other big names involved, with John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Kyren Wilson, Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy and Mark Allen all among the players involved in the second round over Friday and Saturday.

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