Selby to compete with Lisowski for World Grand Prix final
Three-time world champion Mark Selby was a participant in the semifinals of the World Grand Prix. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Iran’s representative, Hussein Wafay. The meeting ended with a score of 5:3. With Selby scoring 100 points, Wafai responded with a break of 78. The 37-year-old Englishman will compete with Jack Lisowski, who beat Xinong (5-3).
Lisowski had 111 and 109 points. The last break was the 200th senchuri in the 29-year-old Englishman’s career. There was a rare episode in this match. In the fourth frame with the score 2-1 in the match and 24-0 in the game, Lisowski played red, went to the black. Then he analyzed the position for a long time, took a pause and scored red again. As a result, Xiong got 7 points and led the retaliatory attack. In the end, he won the frame, and the score was equal – 2:2.
The winner of the 2008 UK Championship, Sean Murphy, made it to the second round of the prestigious tournament. The 38-year-old Englishman struggled to beat experienced Wales representative Lee Walker. The meeting ended with a score of 6:5. Murphy scored 52, 54, 72 and 139 points. Walker has a break of 60 points. In 2018 and 2019 at the UK Championship, Murphy lost to opponents in the second hundred of the world rankings, already at the start of the tournament. In 2018, he lost to Chen Feilong (3-6), who had just 1 win in 10 games in the 2018/19 season before the match against Murphy.
In 2019, Murphy lost to Eden Sharav (4-6), who lost six games to Sean in the 2019/20 season. We add that Walker before the match with Murphy in 7 games of the 2020/21 season suffered 6 failures and 1 draw. Celebrate the victory of the fourth number of the world ranking Kyren Wilson, who in the meeting with Ashley Hugill made the maximum.
David Gilbert, 13th in the world rankings, and Chepchai Un-Nu, 15th in the world rankings, also won. Gary Wilson finished in the tournament 17th in the world rankings, who had a chance to get to the prestigious Master’s tournament. This event is designed for the top 16, and the line-up for the tournament will be formed after the UK Championship. The winner of the UK Championship will be determined on 6 December.
World ranking leader Judd Trump and reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will play in the semifinals of the World Grand Prix. Trump beat Martin Gould 5-2. The 31-year-old Englishman had 55, 101 and 142 points. The last break was a repeat of the best series in the tournament, which was previously held by Mark Allen, who also met Gould in the first round of the competition.