Mark Selby 2-6 John Higgins: Confidence boosting start to set the 41-year old on his way

John Higgins opened up an early advantage against Mark Selby in the first session of the World Championship final, giving the Scotsman a much-needed confidence boost after scraping his way through the semi-finals. All square after four Selby came into the contest as the favourite with Higgins under no illusions that he could not afford many mistakes. The opening frame saw just one loose positional shot from Higgins and Selby jumped on it with a break of 76. However, the Scotsman returned to enjoy a substantial period at the table and Selby was unable to take advantage with an offensive outset as Higgins drew level. A missed red to the middle opened up the table for Selby in frame three and he scored 62 before missing a straightforward pot. Higgins was unable to make him pay though as Selby cleared up with 58 after beginning his second stint with a double. Yet the four-time...
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