The world champion will usurp Judd Trump at the top of the standings.
Mark Selby will be the world number one when the ranking list is revised after the British Open, following Judd Trump”s loss on Friday in Leicester.
Selby lost to Ali Carter in the second round on Thursday at the Morningside Arena, but even with that defeat Trump needed to reach the quarter-finals to hold onto the coveted position at the summit of the sport.
However, the latter struggled for form in his third-round fixture, and Elliot Slessor ultimately took advantage to conjure a 3-2 upset and reach the last 16.
At one point during the 2020/21 campaign, Trump led at the top of the world rankings list by almost £1 million, but with his defeat in the quarter-final stage of the World Snooker Championship the 31 year-old failed to defend the majority of the enormous ranking points he earned from his 2019 Crucible conquering.
Selby’s subsequent success in Sheffield thus saw him dramatically narrow the gap, and at the end of the season the Jester finished just over £100,000 shy of Trump’s target.
With Trump unable to defend his whopping winnings worth £175,000 from the 2019 International Championship – what with all Chinese events currently cancelled – Selby quickly had the opportunity to surpass his fellow Englishman’s two-year rolling tally.
It will mark the seventh spell in the glittering career of Selby that he will hold the world number one position in the ranking list.
The Leicester man was a dominant force in first place for several years during the last decade and has been open about his desire to return to the helm of the sport.
Selby may have been disappointed not to star in his local ranking event this week, but he will now take a pretty decent consolation prize away from the British Open nevertheless.
Slessor, meanwhile, will feature in the fourth round of this week’s ranking event later on Friday with a match against Ali Carter to look forward to.
Carter is one of only six former ranking event champions left in the draw, with two of those doing battle in the match between Stephen Maguire and Jimmy Robertson.
With John Higgins joining Trump on the way home after his 3-1 reverse against Ricky Walden, fellow former multiple world champion Mark Williams is arguably now the favourite for glory.
British Open Fourth Round Draw
Jimmy Robertson vs Stephen Maguire David Gilbert vs Hammad Miah Ali Carter vs Elliot Slessor Ricky Walden vs Ross Muir (a) Lu Ning vs Lukas Kleckers Zhang Jiankang vs Mark Williams Joe O'Connor vs Zhou Yuelong Hossein Vafaei vs Gary Wilson
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