Mark Selby makes history with Scottish Open triumph

Three-times world champion Mark Selby became the first player to win two Home Nations ranking titles in a single season after lifting the Scottish Open trophy.

The Jester from Leicester took home the Stephen Hendry trophy after a 9-6 win over rising star Jack Lisowski at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

It was Selby’s second major title of the 2019/20 season after he won the first of this season’s four Home Nations events – the English Open – back in October.

Mark Selby. Picture by Monique Limbos

No other player has won two Home Nations events (English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open) in a single season since the tournaments were installed into the calendar more than three years ago.

The win takes Selby up to fourth in the world rankings and will go into the New Year with renewed confidence that he has found his best form again after a disappointing campaign last season which saw him win only one ranking event.

A winning-again Selby will be one of the main contenders to lift The Masters which is the sport’s next major competition, taking place in a few weeks time at London’s Alexandra Palace.

But Selby was forced to work hard throughout the match with Lisowski showing early on the kind of form that pundits in the game say make him a rising star in the game.

The 28-year-old stormed into a 2-0 lead before Selby managed to get the opening half session back to 2-2.

Lisowski, bidding to win his first ranking title, won the next frame but Selby began to build his dominance winning three straight frames to take a 5-3 lead at the interval.

A sublime century break gave Lisowski hope early on in the evening session but Selby dug deep when required to get over the winning line to ensure the £70,000 top prize.

Lisowski is still waiting his first ranking title after suffering a defeat in the final for a third time.

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