Mark Selby and Ricky Walden withdraw from Shanghai Masters

Mark Selby
Selby lost to Anthony McGill in the second round of the 2015 World Snooker Championship

World number one Mark Selby has pulled out of the Shanghai Masters following the death of his father-in-law.

Ricky Walden will also be an absentee from the tournament in China after his wife gave birth to their first child on Monday.

David Grace, who was set to face 2014 world champion Selby, progresses to a second-round match against Mark Allen.

Walden's scheduled opponent Matthew Selt also gets a bye to the last 16, and will play Judd Trump.

Northern Irishman Allen beat Belgium's Luca Brecel 5-3 on Wednesday, while English player Jamie Cope shocked Australian world number four Neil Robertson with a 5-4 win and Welshman Mark Williams defeated England's Tom Ford 5-1.

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