Mark Defends China Open Title in Beijing.
Mark Selby beat Barry Hawkins 11-3 in the final of the Fuhua Group China Open to win the title for a second consecutive year in Beijing. World number one Selby took the top prize of £225,000 – the biggest for any event other than the World Championship – by dominating the final against Hawkins.
It’s a welcome return to form for Leicester’s 34-year-old Selby as he won the 14th ranking title of his career, moving him ahead of Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson into sixth place on his own on the all-time list.
Selby has struggled for consistency this season; he won the International Championship in China in November but prior to this week he had reached the semi-finals of just one other ranking event this term.
By winning the China Open for the third time, having lifted the trophy in 2015 and 2017, he gives himself a huge boost of confidence going into the Betfred World Championship, which starts on April 21. Selby heads to the Crucible aiming to capture the crown for the fourth time since 2014.
Mark has now won 11 of his last 12 ranking finals, going back to the 2014 World Championship, and has strengthened his grip on the world number one place, and is now sure to remain there well into next season.