Jester from Leicester Mark Selby has returned to the winner’s enclosure after a year-long drought of winning World ranking titles.
The 36-year-old scooped the 2019 Home Nations English Open after thrashing David Gilbert 9 – 1 at the K2 in Crawley.
Disappointment for David Gilbert…
Gilbert, involved in an emotional World Championship semi-final earlier this year against four-time World Champion John Higgins, was involved in his fourth World ranking final after losing in the finals of the International Championship and World Opens in China. His time will come, though.
But for Selby, it means he has booked a place into the lucrative Champion of Champions event which will begin in just under two week’s time.
So far, the four Home Nations English Open events have seen three English men win and one Chinese player.
China’s No 2 player Liang Wenbo won the first-ever English Open fending off Englishman Judd Trump in the final in 2016, with that famous celebration at the end.
Then in 2017, it was Ronnie O’Sullivan. And then, in 2018, the 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham picked up the Steve Davis Trophy, named after the winning machine player of the 1980s.
The English Open win is Selby’s 16th ranking title with his last being the 2018 China Championship.
Snooker ranking winners so far in 2019/2020…
- China’s Yan Bingtao in Riga Masters
- 2019 World Champion Judd Trump in the International Championship
- Shaun Murphy in the China Championship
- And Mark Selby in the 2019/2020 Home Nations English Open
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