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Mark Selby hungry to add to haul of major ranking titles in 2016-17 season

England's Mark Selby arrives into the arena (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Selby admits he has surpassed his own expectations with his career achievements so far, but says he is determined to add to his tally of major titles this season.

The world number one clinched his second World Championship title at the Crucible earlier this year and has begun the 2016-17 campaign brightly, capturing the Paul Hunter Classic title and reaching the final of the Shanghai Masters.

The 33-year-old has racked up fifteen ranking titles over the course of his illustrious career to date, but is refusing to put himself under any added pressure to deliver more silverware.

"With it being early in the season, I can't really complain with the start I've made," said Selby.

"I just want to win more tournaments and get as many ranking titles under my belt as I can, but also to just enjoy it.

"If I wasn't to win another tournament in my career I'd still be over the moon with what I've achieved.

"I've surpassed my own expectations by winning the Triple Crown."

Selby is balancing the strenuous demands of a packed calendar of events with family life and admits he may be tempted to pick and choose his appearances in order to remain in the best possible shape both on and off the table. 

Selby parades the World Championship trophy at The Crucible  (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Leicester ace, however, welcomes the introduction of the Home Nation Series and the opportunity to showcase his best form in front of UK crowds.

"A lot of the tournaments seem to be going out to Europe or the Far East so it's nice to have four more big tournaments in the UK," he added.

"Best of sevens are a bit of a lottery, you don't really have to do a lot wrong and you can still get beaten with the way the standard is nowadays.

"Any tournament I play in, I enjoy. Obviously I prefer the longer format because it gives you more time to get involved in the match.

"Barry Hearn has changed the structure of the tour and he's done a fantastic job with mixing the formats up to give everyone a chance.

"You can't physically play in every single tournament, otherwise you'd never be at home and you'd have nothing left in the tank given all the travelling that we're doing as well.

"You always want to do well in UK tournaments and there's some big ones coming up. Having these tournaments in the UK is more beneficial to me with having a family."

Selby has been touted among the leading contenders to attempt to land the staggering £1 million bonus on offer for winning all four Home Nation Series events, but concedes that feat may be an impossible task.

"To win 28 matches on the trot is more or less impossible in my eyes. If anyone could do it then it would probably be Ronnie.

"I'll give it a go, of course. I'm still in the tournament and as long as you're in you've always got a chance," he added.



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Mark Selby hungry to add to haul of major ranking titles in 2016-17 season

Mark Selby admits he has surpassed his own expectations with his career achievements so far, but says he is determined to add to his tally of major titles this season.

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