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Selby stops Robertson

Three-time world champion Mark Selby ended Australian Neil Robertson’s hopes of a second world crown with a gritty 13 frames to 7 victory in their quarterfinal at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield yesterday. Englishman Selby reached his first world semifinal since 2017 — the last time he won the title — thanks to a no frills safety-first strategy that prevented Robertson from getting into his stride. Selby had led 11-5 overnight and moved to within one frame of the last four by winning the first frame of the session. Robertson, the champion in 2010, struck back with two successive frames but Selby confirmed his place in today’s semifinal by winning the next. Selby, 37, will play either another three-time world champion in Mark Williams or five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.


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