Selby dominates Ding in final

Selby and Ding

Selby won the first six frames of the match as Ding struggled to find form

World number one Mark Selby punished China’s Ding Junhui by opening up a 6-2 lead in the World Championship final.

Selby, the 2014 winner, has not played his best in the tournament, but was commanding early on and went 6-0 ahead including breaks of 120, 91 and 76.

Qualifier Ding, appearing in his first final, failed to showcase his high-scoring ability, but managed to claim the last two frames to stay in touch.

The best-of-35 final resumes at 19:00 BST, with two more sessions on Monday.

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Selby, 32, looked fresh despite a late semi-final finish against Marco Fu on Saturday, and took advantage of a nervous Ding.

The Leicester man took the first frame with a 91 break, and despite needing a snooker in the next, managed to get it to clear the colours.

A missed red along the cushion proved costly for former world number one Ding, as Selby’s 76 and a century gave him the first four frames.

Selby made 70 as he took the next two, but 29-year-old Ding, who compiled a record seven centuries in his semi-final, finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh, and then won the eighth to boost his hopes of becoming the first Asian player to win the title.


Head-to-head statistics going into the final

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