World Championship

Solid Selby stays in control to knock out Carter

Mark Selby

Mark Selby. Picture by Monique Limbos

MARK Selby’s hopes of winning the World Championship for the first time are still very much intact after he moved into the quarter-finals with victory over Ali Carter.

The Jester from Leicester ensured a place in the last eight at the Crucible after beating Carter 13-9. Selby will next play either Alan McManus or Ken Doherty.

Despite not being at his most fluent best, Selby’s solid matchplay proved more than a match for Carter who failed to make the most of chances which came his way.

Leading 9-7 going into this evening’s final session, Selby extended his lead further by coming from 42-0 down to win the first frame on the colours. Carter again had chances in the next but couldn’t take them as a ruthless Selby moved three frames clear.

A frustrating night for Carter was made worse in the next frame when after making a break of 63, Selby replied brilliantly with a clinical 69 clearance to extend his lead to 12-7 and be on the brink of victory.

Carter pulled a frame back with a run of 57 to force an interval and managed to take another frame after Selby missed the last red to a top corner, allowing Carter to clear the table to close to 12-9.

But a miraculous fightback was not on the cards as Selby dominated the next frame to clinch victory.

Meanwhile, Ricky Walden will go into his final session against Barry Hawkins with a two frame advantage after having the better of this evening’s battle.

Breaks of 109 and 81 saw Walden go 6-5 up on Hawkins before a miss on the final black allowed the former Shanghai Masters and Wuxi Classic winner go 7-5 up at the mid-session interval.

Walden’s evening got better after the restart as a break of 112 put him three frames to the good and that lead stretched even further when he had the better of a scrappy 14th frame to lead 9-5.

Hawkins, who made the final last year, was in bad need of a frame or two before the close and managed to keep his chances of progressing alive as breaks of 87 and 53 helped reduce his deficit to 9-7. The pair resume to a finish on Saturday afternoon with all to play for.

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