Monday, February 18, 2008

Mark Selby wins Welsh Open after impressive comeback

Welsh Open 2008Mark Selby from England won the Welsh Open for his first ranking title.

Selby made a strong comeback from 8-5 down in the final to edge Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) 9-8. It must have been particularly sweet since he lost 9-8 to O'Sullivan in the recent UK Championship.

For the fourth straight ranking tournament 2006 world champion Shaun Murphy (England) lost out in the semi-finals. This time he was beaten 6-3 by O'Sullivan. Scotland's Stephen Hendry lost 6-4 to Selby in the other semi-final.

Defending champion Neil Robertson (Australia) was beaten 5-3 by England's Allister Carter in the third round.

Selby received £35,000 for the victory. It was his second major title, having also captured the Masters in January.

O'Sullivan won £17,500 as runner-up. He was looking for his second consecutive ranking win, having captured the UK Championship in December. In addition he won the £2,000 high break prize for his 143 against Murphy.

The win lifts Selby from fifth to fourth in the provisional rankings. O'Sullivan stays on top. Shaun Murphy is the new No.2 after swapping positions with Stephen Maguire (Scotland).

The event took place at the Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales Feb 11-17, 2008. It was the fifth ranking tournament of seven on the 2007/2008 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the China Open which starts 23rd March 2008.

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