Confident Selby marches on at Crucible

27 April 2021 21:24:06 GMTPlus11

Mark Selby has set his sights on a fourth World Snooker Championship title after booking his place in the quarter-finals.

The Jester from Leicester did not have to be at his best to see off Mark Allen 13-7 in the second round and he had few problems against the Northern Irishman, building on a 9-6 overnight lead.

Allen struggled and admitted that he needs a break to deal with some off-table issues, but Selby showed no mercy and faces Mark Williams in the last eight.

Selby, who took the titles at the Crucible in 2014, 2016 and 2017, had previously cruised past Kurt Maflin 10-1 in the first round.

Williams, who had a 15-year wait for his third title when he triumphed against John Higgins 18-16 in 2018, gained his quarter-final spot by beating the same place 13-7 in the last 16.

Selby was delighted with his performance and is looking to build on what have been a couple of good performances in this year’s tournament.

He said: "I felt good all the way through. I played a great frame to go 6-2 up and then took a big couple of good frames.

"After that, I was able to stay in control and focused.

"I'm trying not to over think things and play with instinct and it seems to be working. I'm in a good place mentally and physically."

Selby is 4/9 to win the match while Williams is available at 7/4.

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