Selby targets World Championship crown

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Copyright @ Mark Selby

MARK Selby has said he will do all he can to win this year’s World Championship and make his dream come true.

Selby, who begins his German Masters campaign tomorrow (Wednesday) against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, has been in superb form during the last few months winning the UK Championship and The Masters – two of the sport’s major titles.

But despite his number one world ranking, the Leicester Jester is yet to win the World Championship and has put winning at the Crucible high on his to do list for the remainder of the season.

The closest Selby came to winning snooker’s biggest prize was back in 2007 when he reached the final before losing out to John Higgins. Last year, while suffering from a career threatening neck injury, he was knocked out in the first round against Barry Hawkins.

And if Selby does go on to win the World Championship, he will join a short list of great players to have won three major titles in one season. Only Steve Davis (1988), Stephen Hendry (1990, 1995, 1996) and Mark Williams (2003) have done this in the history of the sport.

“The World Championship is very much my aim now, to make it the full set in one season,” Selby said on his official website.

“A lot can happen between now and April, but to go to the Crucible and lift that famous trophy, becoming only the fourth player behind Davis, Hendry and Mark Williams to win all three of the majors in one season, would be a dream come true.

“It’s the pinnacle of our sport and I will be trying as hard as everyone else to win it. Williams was the last to do the triple crown in the same season, in 2003, so it would be amazing if I could be the next.

“As I said, it’s a long way to go and I will do very well if I can sustain my form until then. When I started out in snooker, I dreamed of becoming world champion, so I’ll keep putting the work in and hope I go there in my best shape.”

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