Yan Bingtao rallied from 4-2 down to beat Mark Selby 5-4 at the BildBet German Masters, ending the World Champion’s hopes of qualifying for the upcoming Players Championship.
Selby needed to progress to remain in the hunt for a place at the Wolverhampton based event, which is reserved for only the 16 top players on this season’s one-year list.
Despite occupying the top of the world rankings, Selby currently finds himself in 18th position in terms of this season’s money list.
Former Masters champion Yan produced a gutsy break of 95 to remain in the contest in the seventh frame, making it 4-3. He then pulled off a superb clearance from brown to pink, which included two doubles, to force a decider.
It was Selby who looked set for victory when he led 47-0. However, he inadvertently knocked in a red whilst going into the pack off the blue. Yan ruthlessly pounced with 69 to secure the win. He faces Ryan Day in this evening’s quarter-finals. Day thrashed Sam Craigie 5-1 this afternoon.
Mark Allen edged out close friend Shaun Murphy 5-3 in another thrilling contest, which was clinched on the black in the eighth frame.
Defeat for Murphy also ends his hopes of qualifying for the Players Championship, while Allen progresses to face China’s Fan Zhengyi in this evening’s quarters. Fan reached the first ranking quarter-final of his career thanks to a 5-3 win over Andrew Higginson.
Allen crafted breaks of 118, 116 and 99 on his way to establishing a 4-2 advantage. However, a break of 85 saw Murphy take the seventh and remain in the contest.
Murphy had looked to be in position to force a decider before breaking down on a run of 63. Allen eventually cleared to the black and edged to victory.
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