Cue Action – Robertson Wins, But Selby goes to No.1 – By Will Vallely

Neil Robertson beat the current UK and Masters Champion Mark Selby to claim his seventh career ranking title.

The Australian won 10-6. It was Selby who took the first frame with help from a break of 58. However Robertson soon made his presence known by taking the next six frames.

The first session was a long struggling battle which meant that the first session was only seven frames instead of the scheduled nine, to allow the players to have a rest before the evening session.

The Jester from Leicester started the evening session strongly taking the first three frames to reduce the deficit to three frames, with breaks of 81, 125 and 66. But the 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson didn’t let this affect his game as he took the next two frames with breaks of 110 and 90.

Robertson then won the next two frames to take claim his first ranking event title since the World Open in September 2010.

This victory will be a sweet one for Robertson after Selby had previously beaten him by a  10-6 margin recently in the Masters.

Both players will be in good spirits though with both looking in good form with the World Championships just round the corner.

By getting to the final Selby has returned to world number one and Robertson moves up to third in the rankings with Trump down to number three.

Arguably the stand out performance of the tournament is that of 21 year old Jack Lisowski, the newly ranked world number 37 had to win two qualifiers just to make the event, but he managed to get all the way to the quarter finals and only narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals after losing a final frame decider to Shaun Murphy. His highlight of the tournament will no doubt be his second round victory over close friend Judd Trump.

 

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