In the first round of the World Snooker Grand Prix, which ended on January 18, 2023, Beijing time, three-time world champion Mark Williams easily defeated Jamie Jones 4-1 with a one-shot performance of 104, 100, 121 and 84 points. In other matches that ended in the same time period, British Open champion Ryan Day managed to break through to a 4-1 victory over the mighty Richie Wharton with a one-shot 101, 94 and 70 points. World No. 2 Selby lost 4-1 to Thailand's Sankham to advance to the second round of the tournament, and the four-time world champion was once again knocked out.
Mark Williams was on fire to eliminate Jones 4-1
In the match between Mark Williams and Jamie Jones, Williams' forehead state can only be described as full firepower. In the first game, Williams played very strongly from the beginning, he scored 104 points to win the game 112:38 to directly take a 1-0 lead, and in the second game, Jones shot 59 points to win the game 80:27 and draw Williams 1-1. In the third inning, Williams shot a strong 82 to win the game 91-1 and continue to lead Jones 2-1. In the fourth game, Williams shot 100 points to win the game 132-1, giving a 3-1 lead and taking the first match point. In the fifth game, Williams scored 121 points to win the game and easily beat Jones 4-1 to advance to the round of 16.
Ryan Day won three straight games to eliminate Walton 4-1 to advance
In the match between Ryan Day and Wharton, Ryan Day once again proved his strength. In the first game, Ryan Day came up with a one-shot 101 to win the game 101-0 and lead Wharton 1-0 to usher in the opening of the game. In the second game, Ryan Day continued to show good competitive form, and won the game 65:29 to extend the advantage with a 2-0 lead over Wharton. In the third game, Ryan shot a clean sheet of 94 points Wharton and led the latter 3-0 to win the match point, by which time he had gradually lost the suspense of the game. In the fourth game, Wharton won a difficult game with a performance of 64:39 and trailed Ryan Day 1-3, narrowing the gap to two. In the fifth game, Ryan Dayi shot a single shot for 70 points and eventually won the game 71-0, eliminating Wharton 4-1 to advance.
Selby was in a slump and lost 4-1 to Sankham
In the match between Selby and Sankham, the two men were in completely different form, and Sankham's competitive form was significantly better. In the first game, Sankham came up with a one-shot 122 to win the first game and lead Selby 1-0. In the second game, Sankham continued to show good ability to take chances, and eventually won the game 63-4 to continue to lead Sankham 2-0. In the third game, Selby finally played well and won the game with a one-shot 71 to lose 1-2 behind Sankham. In the fourth game, Sankham shot a single 75 to win the game 100:40 to take a 3-1 lead over Selby and take the match point. In the fifth game, Sankham scored 104 points to win the game 104-1 to eliminate Selby 4-1 and successfully advance to the round of 16, and Selby once again declared an upset.