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Selby retains title after Allen stages fightback

By Robert Jones

Mark Selby completed a successful title defence at the International Championship in China as he fended off Mark Allen in the final.

The world number one won 10-7 against Allen in Daqing for his 13th career ranking title, and collected a cheque for £150,000.

English cueman Selby pulled away from 3-2 to lead 8-3, and resisted a late fightback from Antrim man Allen to take the trophy.

Allen had the only two centuries in the match, including a 137 break in the ninth frame, but a 90 from world champion Selby put him on the brink of his triumph.

That left Allen with too much work to do, as he fell short of a fourth ranking title.

The Ulsterman said: "I still felt at 9-7 I had a good chance, though I didn't play anywhere near my best today. In the first session Mark just played very well, I had lot of chances in the second session but I struggled. It's hard to know why, I didn't play my best till the end."

Selby, who has now held the number one ranking for more than 1,000 days, said: "It's a fantastic achievement, especially in today's standard of snooker. To be there for that long is obviously a great feeling. Just thanks to hard work, enjoyment, and just keep practicing and working hard."

Belfast Telegraph

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