Congratulations Mark Selby, 2019 Scottish Open Champion
Mark Selby won the last ranking event of the decade, beating Jack Lisowski by 9-6.
Here are the reports by Worldsnooker:
Sunday 15 Dec 2019 04:48PM
Mark Selby has emerged with a 5-3 advantage after the first session of his 19.com Scottish Open final with Jack Lisowski.
Selby is aiming to become the first player to win two Home Nations titles in a single season. The 16-time ranking event winner claimed the 19.com English Open title back in October, demolishing David Gilbert 9-1 to claim the Steve Davis Trophy.
Victory for Lisowski this evening would see him pick up a maiden ranking title. The Gloucester cueist is competing in his third ranking final, having lost to Neil Robertson at the 2018 Riga Masters and the 2019 China Open.
Whoever wins this evening will take home the Stephen Hendry Trophy and a top prize of £70,000. They will resume play in the best of 17 encounter at 7pm.
Lisowski started quickest this afternoon, breaks of 73 and 58 saw him take the opening frame, before adding the second to move 2-0 up.
However, three-time World Champion Selby quickly reasserted himself on proceedings by composing runs of 78 and 75 to head into the mid-session level at 2-2.
Lisowski took the first frame when they returned, but it was Selby who claimed three on the bounce, including a century break of 117, to secure his 5-3 cushion.
Mark Selby defeated Jack Lisowski 9-6 to win the 19.com Scottish Open at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Victory for three-time World Champion Selby makes him the first ever player to win two Home Nations events in a single season. His other title came in October at the 19.com English Open, where he thrashed David Gilbert 9-1 in the final.
Selby’s win sees him pocket a £70,000 top prize and take home the Stephen Hendry Trophy. It’s a 17th ranking title for the Jester from Leicester.
Selby, 36, has now won 14 of his last 15 ranking event finals, in a run which extends back to his maiden World Championship victory in 2014. The only loss in a final during that period came against Ding Junhui at the 2016 Shanghai Masters.
Lisowski leaves Glasgow disappointed not to have secured his maiden ranking event win. The 28-year-old fell short in his other two finals at the 2018 Riga Masters and the 2019 China Open, losing to Neil Robertson on both occasions. However, he has the consolation of a £30,000 runner-up prize.
The first session today saw Selby battle from 2-0 down to secure a 5-3 advantage heading into this evening’s finale.
Gloucester’s Lisowski came out firing with a stunning break of 119 to reduce his arrears and move within a frame at 5-4.
Selby moved another frame ahead, before a contribution of 80 saw Lisowski make it 6-5. There was then a crucial marathon frame prior to the mid-session.
With Selby leading 24-0, the pair became entrenched in a stalemate situation around the pack, which saw a period of 26 minutes without a ball being potted. Eventually the exchange moved back into open play and Selby clinched a 48-minute frame to move two clear at 7-5.
Selby made it 8-5 when they returned from the interval, but Lisowski kept his hopes alive by claiming the 14th frame.
In the end, breaks of 38 and 32 were enough to get Selby over the line and see him through to a 9-6 victory.
Selby said: “It feels amazing. I had a disappointing performance at the UK Championship, I was telling myself I might not even play in this. I thought I should just get back on the bike and go again. Here I am now holding the trophy, unbelievable really.
“I knew I had to be on my game from the word go. Jack was never going to hold back from start to finish. Even right to the end he kept going for his shots. He didn’t shy away from anything. He is probably one of the best talents I’ve seen since Ronnie O’Sullivan. He hits the ball as well as anyone. It is only a matter of time before he wins something.
“Doing well in a UK event means my wife Vikki and daughter Sophia can come to finals like this. A lot of my wins have been in China which is difficult. To have them there means the world. Even if I had lost it would have been great to be with them. To be on the winning side it is fantastic.”
Lisowski said: “It is gutting to lose the final. You have to take the positives and this is a big step forward for me. I have built some momentum and I played some of the best snooker that I think I can play. That is a positive and my concentration is getting better.
“You have to think about it rationally or you can get depressed. I have qualifiers all next week. There are so many tournaments now that it is a numbers game and consistency rather than blowing hot and cold.
“It was amazing. The people were cheering me on and I don’t know if many people would have heard of me before today. I go for my shots and I think they appreciate that.”
There isn’t much to add to these reports. It was an enthralling match. Jack played marvellous snooker all week and, I’m sure, made many new fans. The big positive in this final is that he wasn’t outplayed, which he had been in the previous two. The match was very close and Jack largely stayed with Mark in the safety department, without compromising much on his attacking style. This is the first match I can remember where at times Mark looked really frustrated and rattled.
Mark himself played really well. That’s two tournaments in a row that Ronnie koses to the winner, whilst playing very well himself ! The pundits said this in the studio: it’s almost as if playing Ronnie had focussed their mind and helped them to find an extra gear.
This was the last tournament of the decade. Starting tomorrow and in the build of the new year – and new decade – I will do a series of features, reflecting on the highs, the lows, and the important changes that occured during the last ten years.