Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy to meet in World Snooker Championship final

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01st May, 2021. 04:21 pm
World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy to meet in final

Mark Selby will face Shaun Murphy at the World Cup after falling behind to record a 17-15 win over Stuart Bingham.

Murphy completed a spectacular transition to defeat Kyren Wilson 17-12. The 2005 champions, who lost 10-4 and 11-6, won all five games when the game resumed Saturday night at 12-12. Selby won a game that was interrupted by overeating. Losing 13-11 overnight, three-time champion Selby took 125 and 132 yards to lead 16-14, before Bingham responded with 85 under pressure, the first to take a break in the game – the first time in the world finals the semifinals were broken.

Overall, his weak fight was almost three hours and 40 minutes longer than the match with Murphy and Wilson.

Bingham, who won the championship in 2015, was expected to be only the fourth round of the tournament after Alex Higgins (1972), Terry Griffiths (1979), and Murphy (2005).

However, it seemed a bit disruptive during prolonged trades in a game that featured two more innings and saw Selby warned for a slow game, even though his average shooting time was close. very similar to Bingham.

“Funnily enough, it is the same sort of player time in and time out,” Bingham said. “Does he do it on purpose? I want to do a free-flowing frame.

“Everyone knows there was one shot he took three minutes and then just rolled into the balls. It’s close to gamesmanship. Some other times, the balls went over the pocket and we were not giving each other an inch.

“It’s tough to lose a close game like that. Mark deserved the win. He came out firing and I had one of those days.”

In front of a Crucible crowd of 444, the largest of the tournament so far, Bingham responded in superb fashion with a 100 break, which brought up the 101st century of the Championship – beating 2019’s marker to establish a new record.

However, Selby then won the next three frames, a run that included a 132 break, to go 16-14 ahead.

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