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Mark Selby reaches China Open final in Beijing

Updated: Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 12:25 | Comments

Mark Selby will face either Neil Robertson or Stephen Maguire in the final
Mark Selby will face either Neil Robertson or Stephen Maguire in the final

Mark Selby built on his return to number one in the world rankings by hammering Shaun Murphy 6-2 to reach the final of the Bank of Beijing China Open.

Neither player hit top form in a match where the highest break was 68, but Selby would have few complaints as he set up a clash with either Neil Robertson or Stephen Maguire.

He had already ensured, simply by reaching the quarter-finals, that he would replace Judd Trump as world number one.

And his run through the tournament continued as he stormed into a 3-0 lead today, with the help of that 68 break in frame two.

Murphy took a close fourth frame but a 63 break stretched Selby's lead back to three frames and he closed out the win, dropping only one more frame.

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