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Mark Selby denies Mark Williams to land second China Open crown

Mark Selby and Mark Williams shake hands following a wonderful final in Beijing

Mark Selby picked up his second China Open title after a 10-8 victory over Mark Williams in a high quality final in Beijing on Sunday.

The runaway world number one claimed his fourth ranking title of a wonderful season – taking his career tally to 11 – winning the last three frames from 8-7 down to deny the Welshman a fourth success in this event.

Williams must now come through three qualifying rounds to qualify for the World Championship, after missing out on the opportunity to displace Ryan Day in the top 16 ahead of the final seeding cut-off point.

Selby made a strong start with runs of 54 and 100 for a 2-0 lead, but Williams responded with a magnificent break of 124 to halve the deficit.

However, the record three-time winner brushed the brown with his cue when at the table in the next – allowing the Jester to pounce with 109 and restore the two-frame buffer.

The next four frames were shared before Williams produced a wonderful break of 106 to leave the final very finely poised at 5-4 going into the evening session.

He then drew first blood at the resumption of play with 68 to level things up, but Selby dominated the next frame to move back in front.

The world number one was in first with 29 in frame 12 but broke broke down after missing a blue off its spot, and Williams punished with a run of 65 eventually enough for him to square things up once more at 6-6.

Having not led throughout the entire match, the Welshman finally edged his nose in front for the first time after a break of 81, only for his opponent to respond with 95 to level.

Selby then threatened to steal a lengthy and scrappy 15th frame after getting the snooker he needed, but missed the pink with the rest when looking to clear and, following a brief safety exchange, Williams sunk it to move back in front.

Although, it proved to be a false dawn for the three-time champion, as the 2015 winner hit back with a run of 70 before a magnificent 124 total clearance put him on the brink of victory, which he secured after dominating the very next frame.


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Mark Selby denies Mark Williams to land second China Open crown

Mark Selby picked up his second China Open title after a 10-8 victory over Mark Williams in a high quality final in Beijing on Sunday.

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