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Steve Davis hails 'animal' Mark Selby as World Championship title defence begins

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The five-time world champion said he was still waiting to receive his trophy for winning the Masters in January, aiming a series of tweets, the first of which was addressed to WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson.

Wallsend cueman Wilson is making his Crucible debut after coming through the qualifying rounds in dazzling style, firing eight centuries over three matches including a 147 maximum break. "I like this kind of venue, I think of it like a working men's club that I am used to playing at up in the north-east", said Wilson.

And though they have been withdrawn O'Sullivan claims he was "bullied" and "intimidated" by snooker chiefs and made a decision to get the lawyers involved.

"I love to play and it is extra special at the Crucible".

"The language can be quite threatening in these letters, which is quite unsettling because I'm a happy guy."I've had the best year of my life - playing snooker, doing exhibitions, doing the American Hustle, writing the book and doing my work with Eurosport - I've never been happier".

Ding, who has the one ranking tournament win to his credit this season, the Shanghai Masters, and reached the final of the International Championship, has proved an inspiration to many young Chinese.

"I'm a fan of them all but you've got to say that Mark Selby is an animal on the table and a machine".

"Maybe it is just because I am working a little bit harder".

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"I have tried being open and it gets me in trouble, and I have to be in the right frame of mind to at least have a chance here".

That graft at the Grove Academy in Romford, Essex, definitely seems to be paying off for a player who is an avid follower of social media.

"The more matches you win there the more invincible you feel in yourself". We need to be sensible. "It's very unsettling for me".

He will now play either Stuart Bingham or Peter Ebdon in the last 16.

The 45-year-old said of Selby: "He's a fantastic player". However, both players produced some high quality snooker this afternoon in a fascinating clash.

The Crucible has created so many memories of elation and despair since it first staged the event back in 1977.

Kyren Wilson wrapped up a 10-6 victory over Leeds potter David Grace, taking the closing three frames to seal his place in round two.

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