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Mark Selby Passes Yan Bingtao Test

The Englishman is hoping to add to the English and Scottish Open titles that he won earlier this season.

Mark Selby progressed to the semi-finals of the Tour Championship after a 9-6 victory over Yan Bingtao on Monday in Milton Keynes.

The former world number one emerged from a difficult battle with the Chinese youngster to set up a last four clash against either Shaun Murphy or Mark Allen.

A topsy-turvy first session concluded with the scores level, as Selby fought back with a flurry of breaks from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 before his opponent tied the match.

Selby subsequently won two out of the opening three frames at the start of the second session, before the outcome of the fixture was arguably decided in a dramatic twelfth frame.

With Yan attempting to restore parity at 6-6, Selby instead gained a two-frame advantage by fortunately sinking a re-spotted black that went all the way around the angles of the table.

A run of 105, Selby’s second century break, took him to within the brink of moving into the next stage, and he duly held on despite a late rally from his challenger.

The three-time world champion qualified for the lucrative Tour Championship as the third seed, having previously etched his name onto the silverware in two Home Nations tournaments earlier in this campaign.

Selby has never triumphed in an event on the Coral Series, however, and he will be eyeing up the possibility of collecting the £150,000 top prize this Friday.

Meanwhile, Murphy and Allen complete the semi-final line-up on Tuesday when the pair of pals goes head-to-head at the Marshall Arena.

Murphy boasts a much better record from their prior battles, including success in each of his last three meetings with the Northern Irishman.

Live coverage of the Tour Championship in the UK and Ireland is on ITV4, while there are various other methods of tuning in around the world.

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Featured photo credit: WST

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