Mark Selby and Ding Junhui fail to resurrect their form as they both crash out of the Masters

When Mark Selby and Ding Junhui played out a classic World Championship semi-final encounter last April, they were regarded as two of the best players the snooker circuit has seen in recent years. Selby went on to win that tournament but both players have struggled for form since the 2016-17 finale and they failed to turn their respective campaigns around after being dumped out of the Masters at the first hurdle. Ding loses a three-frame lead Ding has picked up one trophy this season, the World Open, but has since failed to make it past the third round in six consecutive competitions. However, he flew out of the blocks against Ryan Day with breaks of 111 and 58 opening up a 3-0 advantage. Yet contributions of 79, 125 and 105 drew the Welshman level before a tactical success gave him the edge. Ding made 69 in frame eight but was still ousted by Day before...
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