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.
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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.
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