MAXIMUM MAN SELBY WINS HAINING OPEN
Mark Selby got the better of fellow Leicester cueist Tom Ford to claim his first trophy of the season at the Haining Open, making a maximum 147 break in the process too.
Now under the organisation of the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) and part of a Chinese Tour, this event has been difficult to follow for fans here in the UK, with virtually no social media footprint whatsoever. This was a pity as it featured a number of top tier players competing alongside amateurs from Asia.
The format was similar to when it was part of the now defunct Asian Tour a few seasons back with amateur qualifying to get into the main 128 player draw and best of 7 matches, except for the final.
On his way to the title, World Champion Selby defeated Zhang Anda and Stuart Bingham in the Last 16 and Semi-Finals respectively. He won the final 5-1, constructing the 147 in Frame 3.
Ford also eliminated professional opposition on route - Zhang Yong, Elliot Slessor and Yu Delu. In the Quarter-Finals Yu stopped the run of defending champion Matthew Selt.
Selby created history last season by claiming five major ranking titles (including the 3 biggest) and banking nearly £1 million pounds overall. However, up until now, this season had been slow for the World Number 1 as he failed to reach a single Semi-Final in his first six events.
Ironically, the first of Selby's trophies last season was at the Paul Hunter Classic where he denied Ford in the final too.
This event acts as a warm up for the lucrative International Championship that starts in Daqing on Sunday. This is another competition that Selby goes to as the defending champion.
Picture above is courtesy of @PseudoRolf
2017 Haining International Open
Results - from the Last 16 onwards
Matthew Selt 4-2 Li Yuan
Yu Delu 4-0 He Guoqiang
Chen Zhe 3-4 Elliot Slessor
Tom Ford 4-1 Zhang Yong
Li Hang 1-4 Stuart Bingham
Mei Xiwen 4-1 Yang Qintian
Fan Zhengyi 4-2 Lyu Haotian
Mark Selby 4-0 Zhang Anda
Selt 2-4 Yu
Slessor 2-4 Ford
Bingham 4-2 Mei
Fan 1-4 Selby
Yu lost to Ford
Bingham lost to Selby
Ford 1-5 Selby
Written and published by Michael Day on the 27th October 2017