Selby retains Paul Hunter Classic title

WORLD number one Mark Selby retained his Paul Hunter Classic title with a 4-1 win over Joe Swail in the PTC event final today.

The Jester from Leicester notched his first title in eleven months to beat the former two-times world championship semi-finalist in front of a packed crowd in Furth, Germany.

The tournament, part of the Players Tour Championship, had been a superb one for Swail, who was competing as an amateur after dropping off the main tour last season. In this event he pulled of some great wins beating former world champion Shaun Murphy and Australian Open champion Barry Hawkins en-route to this year’s final.

But a solid and determined Selby, who beat Mark Davis last year to lift the trophy, proved too strong for Swail. The Leicester man blitzed into a 3-0 lead with breaks of 56, 64 and 43.

Swail pulled a frame back in the fourth with an 83 before the world’s current best player wrapped up victory with a match winning break of 85.

This year’s Paul Hunter Classic also saw Ken Doherty reach his first competitive maximum since turning professional.

India’s Pankaj Advani impressed reaching the semi-finals to follow his performance in the International Championship qualifiers where he reached the venue stage. Before losing to Selby in the last four, Advani enjoyed wins over Ian Burns, John Higgins, Mark King and Ryan Day.

Amateur Andrew Norman also had a tournament to remember reaching the quarter finals  with memorable wins over Nigel Bond and Wuxi Classic champion Ricky Walden.

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