Tomorrow, Mark Selby and Ali Carter fly to Bangkok as team-mates for England in the revived World Cup. Today, though, they are rivals in the final of the Wuxi Classic.

Selby was the villain of the piece yesterday, beating hometown hero Ding Junhui 6-5 in the semi-finals.

Carter, the reigning Shanghai Masters champion, triumphed 6-3 over Shaun Murphy in the other semi-final.

These two last played in Beijing last season where Selby turned on the style, making three centuries to win their quarter-final 5-1.

When players of this quality meet it’s all on the day, but Selby will probably start as slight favourite in the best of 17 frames clash for which the winner will pocket a cheque for £20,000.

Selby’s 134 against Ding was his 200th career century and he thus becomes only the 14th player in the game’s history to have made 200 or more in professional competition. Last season he set a new record of 54 centuries for a single campaign.

This may not be a ranking event but Selby was short on silverware last season and victory today would be a great boost ahead of a long campaign.

The first session is live on Eurosport but the second session will be shown in highlights form this evening, although it is all live on the Eurosport Player.


IAN1959 said...

Well we got 6.75 from the 8 frames and maybe some highlights of the end (if they decide not to cancel it for backgammon or something yet again). At lease it's more than we had of Selby v Ding, which was nothing.
I still can't understand why Eurosport can't show all the matches we miss on a later "quiet" date.

Anonymous said...

Agreed Ian, poor coverage today and also yesturday, i know they say they have 18 days of continued coverage but it is very, very, very patchy coverage.

Must have known selby was playing....

Anonymous said...

terrible decision. ive watched all the matches and even took a day off work, then i have to make sure i dont hear the result and watch highlights.

i know its not the only sport on es, but piss poor form to show the climax to a 4 day even in this way.


Great final. Real shame it cou;d,nt be covered on T.V, live, from start to finish. A fitting note to end on- as this was the first full televised event, from start to finish, since "Whispering" Ted Lowe sadly passed away, I wonder what he would hav made of it, but, I am sure, he loved it, looking from above.

"R.I.P. Ted!