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Mark Selby v John Higgins: China Championship 2018 final preview - Decorated duo vie for Guangzhou glory

Mark Selby shakes hands with John Higgins (credit: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Two multiple World Champions go head-to-head on Sunday for the right to be crowned 2018 China Championship king as Mark Selby takes on John Higgins in Guangzhou.

World number one and four collide with the season's fourth ranking title up for grabs and a lucrative winner's cheque for £150,000.

This will be their first meeting since last year's World Championship final, in which Selby came out on top 18-15 in a classic to claim his third Crucibe crown.

Higgins has since lost in another world final but has taken his career ranking title tally to 30, making him the third most successful player of all time behind Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The veteran Scot has not been at his vintage best in reaching the final this week but will be out to peak at the perfect time over two sessions on Sunday.

Higgins began his run with a 5-3 victory over Allan Taylor, before coming from 3-1 and 4-2 down to edge out Mei Xiwen in a last-frame decider and going on to deny compatriot Scott Donaldson 5-3 in the Last 16.

He then overcame Judd Trump 5-3 in the Quarter-Finals before ending the run of Lyu Haotian with a 6-3 triumph to confirm his place in the final.

Selby, meanwhile, finds himself in a first ranking final since April's China Open as he bids to make it 15 career ranking titles.

The Leicester ace, who has won his last three meetings with Higgins and ten of their 15 in total, has barely been troubled on his way to reaching the final.

He began the week with a 5-3 win over Thailand's Sunny Akani before thrashing 16-year-old Chang Bingyu 5-1 and defeating Iran's Hossein Vafaei 5-3 in Round Three.

Selby then saw off Yuan Sijun 5-2 before fending off a spirited effort from another Chinese youngster - Zhao Xintong - to wrap up a 6-4 victory in the Semi-Finals.

Three of Selby's last four major ranking titles have come on Chinese soil and he has won his last six finals in a row, while Higgins is bidding to regain the title he won in the first staging of this event two years ago.

The best of 19 final gets underway from 7am BST for a total of eight frames before being played to a conclusion from 12.30pm.


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Mark Selby v John Higgins: China Championship 2018 final preview - Decorated duo vie for Guangzhou glory

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