Williams surges through whilst Selby takes control

Mark Williams cruised past Graeme Dott and his namesake Selby took the advantage against Robert Milkins at the Crucible.

Williams surges through whilst Selby takes control
Mark Williams will hope to continue his good form throughout the tournament (photo: Eurosport)

After a wealth of surprises circled the stage in the opening weekend of the World Championship, normal order was resumed on Monday afternoon as seeds Mark Williams and Mark Selby showed good form to steam clear of their opponents.

Mark Williams not in the mood to hang about

With a 7-2 lead behind him after the opening session, Mark Williams set about finishing the job against Graeme Dott in double quick time. Breaks of 55 and 102 extended his advantage to seven frames.

Scotland's Dott recovered some respectability wih two half century breaks to secure his third and fourth frame of the match, but Williams responded to claim victory at 10-4 within a short space of time in the second session. The Welshman now awaits the winner of Neil Robertson and Michael Holt in the second round on Friday and Saturday.

Mark Selby in fine form as he puts himself in pole position

World number one Mark Selby appeared rusty in his opening frames against Robert Milkins as he fell 2-1 behind, whilst both players shared half century breaks.

Yet Selby showed his class as Milkins failed to capitalise on any openings that fell his way, with the man from Leicester taking five consecutive frames. The first four once again produced breaks over 50, including a 72 and 68, before Selby really found his form in frame eight as he produced an effort of 132. 

Milkins saw a couple of opportunities come and go oncemore in the ninth frame, as Selby increased his lead to 7-2 in the only frame of the session that did not consist of a half century break.

The pair renew acquaintances on Tuesday morning as they complete the match, whilst the Crucible look forward to an evening session that involves two close encounters involving both Michael White and Ricky Walden.