BBC Sport - World Championship Snooker: Mark Selby survives first-round scare
Selby survives first-round scare
- From the section Snooker
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.