Dominant Selby surges into Masters final

AFP| Updated: Jan 19, 2014, 01:08 AM IST

London: Defending champion Mark Selby remains on course to retain his Masters crown after racing into the final with a 6-1 rout of Shaun Murphy on Saturday.

England`s Selby was in dominant form in the semi-final at London`s Alexandra Palace and will face either reigning world champion Ronnie O`Sullivan or Stephen Maguire in the final.

The world number two`s victory also avenged a 6-2 defeat against Murphy in the quarter-finals of this competition two years ago.

Selby made a strong start with an 86 break earning him the opening frame. It was 2-0 on the back of a break of 104 and that became 3-0 after Murphy had missed a red along the top cushion.

A clearance of 62 made it 4-0 after Murphy had slipped up attempting a challenging pink, and when Selby edged a scrappy fifth frame the 30-year-old was on course for a satisfying whitewash.

Although Murphy stopped the rot, taking the sixth frame 59-15, there was to be no comeback as Selby closed the door in the next frame, which he took 76-24.

O`Sullivan is due to face Maguire in the second semi-final later on Saturday.