Snooker Champion of Champions 2013: Selby and Bingham Through
The inaugural Snooker Champion of Champions event is now underway at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and World Number 2 Mark Selby has become the first player to make it through to the semi-finals of the event. An outstanding performance, which included three centuries, took Selby into the next round after 15 frames of snooker over two gruelling matches.
The format of the new championship, which replaces the Snooker Premier League, sees 16 players drawn into 4 groups. Each player is drawn into a semi-final, the winners of which meet each other on the same day for a group decider. On the opening day, Selby overcame Shaun Murphy 4-2 in the semi and Stephen Maguire 6-3 in the final.
Selby was pleased with his performance, “Whenever you get a chance against these top players you need to capitalise because if you don't they seem to do it to you.” But he knows there are bigger challenges ahead if he’s to win the £100,000 first prize as he will be "back to the practice table on Thursday and Friday, without really overdoing it because I want to stay fresh for the weekend.”
Stuart Bingham's success on the second day of the event, whitewashing Ricky Walden 4 frames to nil in the semi and then taking a commanding 6-2 win over Judd Trump, has put him into the next round and guarantees him £20,000. His opponent in last night's group final, who has been vocal about the lack of money in the game nowadays, has to make do with £10,000 for his day's work.
The 888casino Champion of Champions final will be played on Sunday by which time number one seed Ronnie O'Sullivan will no doubt have made his impression on the tournament. The mercurial talent and reigning World Champion is playing Mark Davis in his opening match tomorrow.