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Neil Robertson defeats Mark Selby in China Open final

Updated: Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 17:15 | Comments

Neil Robertson led 6-1 after the opening session
Neil Robertson led 6-1 after the opening session

Neil Robertson warmed up for the World Championship by claiming his first ranking title in two and a half years after beating Mark Selby in the final of the China Open.

Robertson had not triumphed at a ranking event since winning the World Open in September 2010, but gave himself the perfect opportunity to end that drought by taking a 6-1 interval lead in a drawn-out first session.

Reigning UK and Masters champion Selby managed to cut the deficit to two frames, but Robertson pulled clear once more to seal a 10-6 victory and enter the World Championship, which gets under way at the Crucible next month, as the man to beat.

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