King reigns supreme at Masters

Defending champion Mark Selby yesterday crashed out of the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters in the first round at Wembley.

Selby raced into a 2-0 lead against Mark King before the left-hander hit back with a break of 139 on his way to a shock 6-4 victory.

And King revealed it was what he perceived as a somewhat premature celebration from Selby which inspired his performance.

"Mark is a fantastic player and this is like his back yard, but he won the second frame and put his cue up and it gave me the hump a bit," King said. "He was pleased to win it on the black but I thought, 'Hang on, you're only 2-0 up'."

King duly reeled off the next four frames in a row, only for Selby to battle back to level at 4-4 aided by a break of 106.

But world number 16 King won the next two frames to demonstrate the hard work he has been putting in over the winter.

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