Tuesday 17 October 2017

Snooker: Mark Selby cruises into China Open decider

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

MARK SELBY built on his return to number one in the world rankings by hammering Shaun Murphy 6-2 to reach the final of the Bank of Beijing China Open.

Neither player hit top form in a match where the highest break was 68, but Selby would have few complaints as he set up a clash with either Neil Robertson or Stephen Maguire.

He had already ensured, simply by reaching the quarter-finals, that he would replace Judd Trump as world number one.

And his run through the tournament continued as he stormed into a 3-0 lead today, with the help of that 68 break in frame two.

Murphy took a close fourth frame but a 63 break stretched Selby's lead back to three frames and he closed out the win, dropping only one more frame.

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