Mark Selby beat Kyren Wilson for the seventh time in seven attempts and beat him heavily. Mark played really well, Kyren didn’t. From a snooker fan’s point of view it was a bit of a let down, especially in this tournament featuring the best 8 of the season.
Here are the reports by WST:
Jester Leads The Warrior
Mark Selby established a commanding 6-2 lead over Kyren Wilson after the first session of their 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.
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.
The pair will return at 7pm to play the best of 19 encounter to a conclusion.
Selby Eases Past Wilson
World number three Mark Selby thrashed Kyren Wilson 10-3 to set up a semi-final showdown with Neil Robertson at the Cazoo Tour Championship.
The Jester from Leicester has dominated Kettering’s Wilson in meetings between the pair and holds a 7-0 lead in their head to head record after this evening.
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.
Wilson will now compete in the Championship League Winners’ Group at the start of next month, before turning his attention to the upcoming World Championship, where he was runner-up last season.
Selby secured a 6-2 advantage in this afternoon’s opening session. 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 13thwith a break of 54 to book his place in the semis.
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.”
Today we have the last quarter-final as Judd Trump plays Barry Hawkins. Judd didn’t like the conditions at Celtic Manor during the Welsh Open, complaining that the table played “heavy”. It seems to be the same this time. That will not bother Barry Hawkins who is a very strong match player. It could be interesting.