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Mark Selby Easily Reaches Tour Championship Semi-Finals

The Jester was in complete control throughout the contest.

Mark Selby thrashed fellow Englishman Kyren Wilson 10-3 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the Tour Championship at the Celtic Manor.

Many had predicted a close encounter, but Wilson never genuinely threatened the three-time former world champion.

There had been indications from their head-to-head record that this outcome could have been the most likely and so it transpired, with Selby winning for a 14 time from 17 meetings in all competitions.

Wilson began the affair relatively well and won the first frame to take an early advantage, but this season’s European Masters and Scottish Open winner reeled off breaks of 109, 81, and 54 to reach the mid-session interval 3-1 in front.

By the end of the opening session, Selby extended his advantage to 6-2, and Wilson could only muster one extra frame during the evening’s bout of play.

It was a strong performance from Selby, who boasted nine breaks above 50 in total, and the 37 year-old advances to the semi-finals of the Tour Championship to face Neil Robertson.

On Thursday, the remaining quarter-final clash takes place between another pair of Englishmen in Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins has done well against the world number one in the past, but recent fixtures between the duo have not been kind on the 41 year-old – notably at the German Masters in January when the Hawk squandered a huge lead to eventually lose in a decider.

Trump is bidding for a sixth ranking title of this term this week, which would match the record he set for a single campaign last year, and he’s undoubtedly the favourite to progress from this stage with a mouthwatering prospect of a tie against Ronnie O’Sullivan to come in the last four.

Quarter-Finals Draw

Judd Trump (1) vs Barry Hawkins (8) – Thursday 25th
John Higgins (4) 8-10 Ronnie O’Sullivan (5)

Neil Robertson (3) 10-5 Jack Lisowski (6)
Mark Selby (2) 10-3 Kyren Wilson (7)

Where to Watch the Tour Championship

The tournament will be available to UK and Irish viewers on ITV4, and fans around the world will also have various other options available to them, which you can find more details for by clicking here.

As has become the norm since last year, the tournament in its entirety will be staged behind closed doors.

Featured photo credit: WST

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