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Selby and Higgins safely through at Welsh Open

ESPN staff
February 24, 2014
Mark Selby admitted he did not play well during his Welsh Open win over Dave Harold © PA Photos

Mark Selby is through to the third round of the Welsh Open after a solid 4-1 victory over Dave Harold in Newport.

Selby edged the first frame before Harold levelled with a 72, only for the Leicester man to move ahead with a break of 52. Harold missed his chance to level which allowed Selby to clinch the frame with a re-spotted black before closing out the win with a 61 break. He now faces Dominic Dale for a place in the last-16.

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"It wasn't a great match and neither of us played well but Dave looked like making it 2-2," Selby told worldsnooker.com. "If he did then it could have been a different game. After forcing the re-spot I was quite comfortable. The early rounds are just a matter of getting over the line, then as the tournament goes on you try and play yourself into a bit of form.

"Dominic Dale has been a tough player for years, he has won two ranking events which shows what kind of player he is. It will be tough because he can play and is a bit daft at the same time so you have to try and overcome two things."

John Higgins wasted little time at the table as he cruised past Ken Doherty with a 4-0 victory, while Marco Fu eased to a 4-1 win against Kurt Maflin which included visits of 65, 81, 90 and 62. Elsewhere, Joe Perry hit breaks of 115 and 77 in his 4-0 whitewash of Liu Chang.

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