BBC Sport - World Championship Snooker: Mark Selby survives first-round scare

Selby survives first-round scare

Defending world champion Mark Selby narrowly avoids a shock first-round defeat, beating qualifier Kurt Maflin 10-9 in a deciding frame.

The world number one, 31, was on the brink of exiting against the battling Norwegian, ranked 38.

Selby made a century as he opened up a 6-3 lead in the first session.

Qualifier Maflin won five frames in a row in the final session to lead 9-8, but Selby forced a decider before taking the last to go through.

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