25 march 2021 publish date

The serious Jester is not a joke for a Warrior. Tour Championship 2021

Mark Selby played with Kyren Wilson in the 2021 Cazoo Tour Championship quarter-final.

World number three Selby has picked up two pieces of silverware so far this season, at the European Masters and the Scottish Open. The Jester from Leicester will be hoping he can secure a third this week and build momentum ahead of next month’s World Championship.

Wilson, who was Crucible runner-up last year, faces an uphill task in overturning the deficit this evening. The Warrior trails 19-time ranking event winner Selby 6-0 in head to head meetings.

Wilson claimed the opener this afternoon, before Selby hit the front with breaks of 109, 81 and 54 to lead 3-1 at the mid-session.

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When play resumed Wilson pulled within a frame thanks to a break of 83. However, Selby added two on the bounce to move 5-2 ahead.

The final frame of the session looked to be going the way of Wilson, before he missed a thin black with the rest on 49. Selby ruthlessly stepped up and cleared with 67 to emerge with a 6-2 advantage.

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He picked up where he left off this evening, firing in a break of 84 to extend his lead to five.

Wilson responded by taking the tenth frame, but further runs of 54 and 88 saw Selby head into the mid-session one from victory at 9-3.

He wasted little time wrapping up the win when play resumed, clinching 13th with a break of 54 to to set up a semi-final showdown with Neil Robertson.

Selby’s semi-final meeting with Robertson is a repeat of a last eight clash at the 2019 Tour Championship, where Robertson won on the final black in an epic encounter 9-8. Their most recent match came at the UK Championship earlier this season, when Robertson won 6-2 on his way to claiming the title.

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Selby said: “I felt good during the match from start to finish. I’ve been working hard and practising hard. I feel like it’s coming good at the right time and hopefully it showed in patches during that match.

“I feel better in my technique. Before the start of the season I was questioning it, but working with my coach Chris Henry has put my mind at ease. I just go out there and not worry about how I’m cueing, how far I’m pulling it back and things like that. The game is hard enough without all of that.

“If I can maintain the form I have played there is no reason why I can’t go to Sheffield and win the World Championship. I’ve done it before so there is no reason why I can’t again. I’m just concentrating on this tournament first though.”

The article is based on WST.TV