Selby retains Paul Hunter Classic title

Mark Selby won the Paul Hunter Classic for the second year in a row with a 4-1 win in the final over Joe Swail in Fuerth, Germany.

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Mark Selby, Joe Swail, Paul Hunter Classic 2012 (Photo from World Snooker)

Selby, currently ranked number one in the world, edged into the quarter-finals with a 4-3 victory over Robbie Williams, but dropped just three more frames across his next three matches to take the title.

Swail, twice a World Championship semi-finalist, had dropped off the main tour last season after 22 years as a professional, but had impressed in beating the likes of Shaun Murphy and Barry Hawkins to get to the final.

Selby, though, race into a 3-0 lead and sealed the contest with a break of 85.

The man nicknamed the 'Jester from Leicester' said he had finally put a neck injury, sustained at the end of last season, behind him.

"I've been struggling for a while with the injury and my game so it's great to win another title," Selby said.

"I didn't make many mistakes in the final and that gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of the season. And it's good to be guaranteed a place in the PTC Grand Finals already."

The PTC events continue with UKPTC3 from September 5-9 in Gloucester.

FULL RESULTS

Last 16

Ryan Day 4-2 Jamie Jones

Pankaj Advani 4-3 Mark King

Michael Wild 3-4 Ken Doherty

Robbie Williams 3-4 Mark Selby

Andrew Norman 4-3 Ricky Walden

Shaun Murphy 2-4 Joe Swail

Michael White 4-2 Dominic Dale

Barry Hawkins 4-1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Quarter Finals

Ryan Day 1-4 Pankaj Advani

Ken Doherty 0-4 Mark Selby

Andrew Norman 3-4 Joe Swail

Michael White 1-4 Barry Hawkins

Semi Finals

Pankaj Advani 2-4 Mark Selby

Joe Swail 4-3 Barry Hawkins

Final

Mark Selby 4-1 Joe Swail

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