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Apr 29

World Championship 2017: Mark Selby is big favourite, says John Higgins

Four-time winner John Higgins says opponent Mark Selby is the “big favourite” heading into the World Championship final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39759690

Apr 29

Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui – 5 best shots

Watch five of the best shots as Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui 17-15 to reaches his third World Championship in four years at the Crucible.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39758723

Apr 29

World Championship: John Higgins sees off Barry Hawkins – 5 best shots

Watch five of the best shots as John Higgins beats Barry Hawkins 17-8 to set up a World Championship final against Mark Selby at the Crucible.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39758553

Apr 29

Mark Selby holds off Ding Junhui in thriller to reach world snooker final

• Defending champion edges through at Crucible, 17-15 in semi-final
• John Higgins on course to join him, on brink of beating Hawkins

Mark Selby moved one step away from a third World Championship title in four years as he saw off Ding Junhui again at the Crucible. Twelve months ago it was in the final where Selby denied Ding, and this time a 17-15 victory in their semi-final saw the Leicester man through to a likely title match against John Higgins.

Defending champion Selby potted fewer balls and scored fewer points, but plotted his way to victory all the same. It is hard to imagine a tougher match player, and the ability to win against such a classy competitor as Ding shows why Selby has topped the world rankings for the last two years and is pulling away.

Related: Steve Davis: ‘Since leaving snooker I’ve got my adrenaline rush a different way’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/mark-selby-beats-ding-junhui-thriller-world-snooker-final-john-higgins-barry-hawkins

Apr 29

Selby will play Higgins in World Championship final

Defending champion Mark Selby reaches the World Championship final for the third time in four years, where he will play John Higgins.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39754894

Apr 28

World Championship 2017: Ding Junhui ‘fantastic’ 128 break against Mark Selby

Ding Junhui’s fantastic break of 128 in the final frame of the session levels the match at 12-12 in a thrilling World Championship semi-final at the Crucible.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39753769

Apr 28

World Snooker: John Higgins’ ‘amazing’ fluke against Barry Hawkins

John Higgins flukes an important green on the way to a 10-6 overnight lead in his World Championship semi-final against Barry Hawkins at the Crucible.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39752359

Apr 28

John Higgins eyes ‘greatest title’ as Ding Junhui battles against Mark Selby

• Defending champion pegged back as semi-final all-square at 12-12
• Higgins leads Barry Hawkins 10-6 in other semi-final

John Higgins says winning a fifth world title would be his greatest snooker feat as he closes in on another Crucible final.

The Scot went from 5-3 ahead of Barry Hawkins to build a 10-6 overnight lead in their best-of-33-frames semi-final at the World Championship. He has landed world titles in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 but feared his days as a contender for the biggest prizes in snooker were over.

Related: Steve Davis: ‘Since leaving snooker I’ve got my adrenaline rush a different way’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/mark-selby-ding-junhui-semi-final-snooker

Apr 28

Ding draws level with Selby in semi-final thriller

Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are all square at 12-12 in their thrilling World Championship semi-final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39748801

Apr 27

Higgins two clear of Hawkins in semi-final

Four-time champion John Higgins builds a 5-3 lead over Barry Hawkins in a nervy start to their World Championship semi-final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39734913

Apr 27

Ding Junhui takes 5-3 overnight lead on Mark Selby in Crucible semi-final

• 2016 finalist comes back from 3-2 down to seize initiative
• World No1 had only dropped 11 frames en route to last four

The 2016 champion Mark Selby was left with plenty to think about overnight following an enthralling first session of his world championship semi-final with China’s Ding Junhui.

There was little to split the pair in Sheffield on Thursday before Ding, who lost against Selby in the final last year, won the final three frames to secure a 5-3 advantage.

Related: Ronnie O’Sullivan loses to Ding Junhui at world championship despite 146 break

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/27/ding-junhui-world-snooker-championship-mark-selby-semi-final

Apr 27

Watch: ‘Amazing’ Selby foul hands advantage to Ding

An “amazing” foul by Mark Selby gifts Ding Jinhui the chance to make a century break and take a 5-3 lead in their World Championship semi-final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39731511

Apr 27

Ding edges ahead of Selby in World Championship semi-final

Ding Junhui leads reigning champion Mark Selby 5-3 after an intriguing start to their World Championship semi-final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39734910

Apr 27

World Championship 2017: Barry Hawkins ‘needs top game’ to beat John Higgins

Barry Hawkins says he must improve in the World Championship semi-finals, or he will get his “bum smacked” by John Higgins.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39732054

Apr 26

I still love snooker & I won’t retire – O’Sullivan positive after loss

Ronnie O’Sullivan says he has no intention of retiring and does not care if he fails to win another World Championship.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39726795

Apr 26

World Championship 2017: Barry Hawkins into John Higgins semi-final

Watch the best five shots as 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins beats Stephen Maguire to reach his fourth World Championship semi-final in five years where he will play John Higgins.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39727795

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