Shock exit for Higgins in Australia

World champion John Higgins crashed out of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo today.

World champion John Higgins crashed out of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo today.

The Scot failed to get through the first round as he lost 5-4 to Matthew Selt, a player who has never previously been beyond the last 32 of a ranking tournament.

Having lost the first frame, Higgins seemed to take charge in claiming the following four to take a commanding 4-1 lead. However, Selt showed fighting spirit to turn the match on its head and win four in a row himself despite only managing a highest break of 63.

Another upset in the in the last 32 saw Ali Carter go out with a 5-3 defeat by Marcus Campbell.

The only highlight for Carter was an impressive 134 in the second frame as he took a 2-0 lead but it went downhill from there, with world number 24 Campbell going through to the last 16.

Rory McLeod was brought crashing down after yesterday’s victory over Peter Ebdon as he was thrashed 5-1 by Shaun Murphy in their last-16 match.

McLeod was not completely out of it as he managed a 48 break in the first frame before Murphy won it, as well as a smart 100 break to take the third frame.

He had a 61 in the fourth, too, but again Murphy prevailed to ease his way to a wide-margin win.

In the early session’s other last-32 clash, Dominic Dale beat Steve Mifsud 5-2.

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