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Mark Selby Wins Paul Hunter Classic

Mark Selby beat Tom Ford 4-2 to win the Paul Hunter Classic for a third time at the Stadthalle in Furth.

Mark Selby Germany

Selby also beat Liam Highfield and Mark Davis on Sunday – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

In the all-Leicester final, the world champion withstood Ford’s early challenge but pulled away from 2-2 with runs of 72 and 58 to capture the title.

In doing so, Selby pockets €25,000 and adds an eighth crown to his tally of ranking event victories, with the PHC being upgraded to full ranking status this season.

“It’s always great to win a tournament and I can take a lot of confidence from it,” said Selby, who also won the Paul Hunter Classic in 2011 and 2012.

“It wasn’t a good final, Tom missed a few balls. But it’s always a great tournament here in Germany with fantastic crowds.”

Ford added: “I’m disappointed by the way I played in the final because I had been scoring heavily all week but it wasn’t there today.”

Earlier, Ford beat maximum man Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the semi-finals thanks to a brace of tons, while Selby edged Dominic Dale 4-2.

Dale had previously ended the surprise run of Jimmy White, who reached his first quarter-final in four years and first in a full ranking event in more than a decade.

Thailand’s Un-Nooh, meanwhile, will arguably be the happiest man from the weekend having earned £40,000 for his 147 attempt and an extra £4,500 for reaching the semi-finals.

Once again the Paul Hunter Classic was a well-attended event with the enthusiastic German crowd lapping up the snooker.

It is a shame, however, that coverage was limited to the Eurosport Player, where commentary is still unavailable on its service.

This may be adequate for die-hard fans of the sport but for the regular supporter or potentially new audiences this is unacceptable.

Much was made about the ten-year deal that World Snooker landed with Eurosport but so far its coverage this season has been considerably worse than in previous campaigns.

It’s definitely something to be keeping an eye on, or not as the case may be, as the rest of this term unfolds.

Finally, also taking place during the weekend was the inaugural Paul Hunter Ladies Classic.

This was the first WLBSA event to be staged outside the UK this decade and was won by Ng On Yee, with the Hong Kong cueist beating Reanne Evans 4-1 in front of another big crowd.

 

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