Snooker star looks ahead to final in Preston

Mark Selby in action
Mark Selby in action
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Snooker star Mark Selby says he wants to finish the season by winning one of the biggest titles as he looked ahead to the Players Championship Grand Final in Preston.

World number two Selby reached the final of the UK Championship and the Masters but is yet to win a ranking event this term.

He will be one of the 32 players battling for the £100,000 top prize at the tournament at the Guild Hall, which runs from March 25 to 29.

“Consistency wise I have been good this season, but I want to win more titles,” he said, “I had a good chance to win the UK Championship but just let it slip in the second session of the final against Neil Robertson, then at the Masters I don’t think anyone could have beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan, the way he was playing.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament in Preston now. I played a couple of times in the Grand Prix there and I always thought it was one of the best venues on the circuit. It was a shame when we left. There were so many great tournaments and great finals there. Preston is a nice city as well so I’m happy to be going back there.”

Also eligible to compete will be the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Ding Junhui.

O’Sullivan, who won the Welsh Open in spectacular fashion last Sunday by making a maximum 147 in the last frame of a 9-3 defeat of Ding in the final, said: “It’s going to be a great event and the Guild Hall is a great venue.

“Most of my tournaments are in the UK now and I have to make the most of them, so I’ll be trying to do well in Preston.”