Selby crushes Jun­hui in one-sided fi­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mark Selby won the In­ter­na­tional Championship for the first time by thrash­ing Ding Jun­hui 10-1 in the fi­nal in Daqing, China, last Sun­day.

Selby dom­i­nated the con­test, win­ning the last seven frames in a row, in the most one-sided rank­ing event fi­nal since the 2012 Haikou World Open when Mark Allen beat Stephen Lee 10-1. Le­ices­ter’s Selby made seven breaks over 50 while China’s Ding man­aged a top run of just 47.

Selby col­lected a cheque for £125,000 af­ter win­ning his third rank­ing ti­tle within six months, and ninth of his ca­reer, bring­ing him level with Peter Eb­don and John Par­rott on the all-time list. The re­sult also strength­ens the 33-yearold’s grip on the world num­ber one po­si­tion which he has held for 20 con­sec­u­tive months.

The most con­sis­tent player in the world, Selby has now won 47 of his last 56 matches on the pro­fes­sional tour.

The match was a re­peat of May’s World Championship fi­nal, which Selby won 18-14, and Septem­ber’s Shang­hai Masters fi­nal, when Ding gained a mea­sure of re­venge with a 10-6 suc­cess. This time, China’s top player was never in con­tention as his op­po­nent con­trolled the con­test.

“Ding is a fan­tas­tic player but he didn’t re­ally play his game (in this fi­nal),” said Selby. “That was down to me play­ing some good match snooker and not giv­ing him many chances. I didn’t miss any­thing easy and I was happy with the way I stayed fo­cused and I closed the match out. I’m re­ally happy to get an­other rank­ing ti­tle un­der my belt.

“I’ve had a great start to the sea­son and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my snooker. Hope­fully I can stay at the top of the rank­ings for as long as pos­si­ble. There will be no time to cel­e­brate this be­cause I’ve got an early flight to­mor­row to the China Championship in Guangzhou.

“The tour­na­ment here in Daqing is re­ally well sup­ported and the con­di­tions are fan­tas­tic to play in. All of the play­ers en­joy com­ing here.”

Ding missed out on what would have been the 13th rank­ing ti­tle of his ca­reer, and had to set­tle for the run­ner-up prize of £65,000. He said: “I hoped to turn the match around but I wasn’t play­ing well. I wasn’t con­cen­trat­ing on the match, so the re­sult didn’t bother me much.”

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