Mark Selby wrote:The defeat to Ken wasn’t ideal, and it certainly didn’t go according to plan. That’s two ranking tournaments and two first-round defeats now – you would think the alarm bells are ringing, especially as my provisional ranking has dropped to 15, but they’re not, I know I’m playing well.
I’ve been practising hard, there’s no doubt about that, and I’ve gone into my matches with a positive frame of mind. The one thing you can’t account for is the run of the balls, and they haven’t being going my way, especially against Ken. With a little bit of luck going in my favour in that match, and the result could have been different. Of course, it’s all ifs, buts and maybes, but I believe I am playing well.
Losing matches like that does knock your confidence, and it’s a shame I have to wait two months for the UK Championship, the next ranking tournament. That tournament, with the longer matches, will suit my game, and I know that one good win there could be all I need to turn around my season.
He was definitely not getting the rub of the green in the Doherty match for sure. The way he started the match he looked invincible but fate conspired to stop him in his tracks early on as if to give him a thump and say "try playing like that now".
He's got a very tough draw in the UK but if he can come through it to take the title then watch out world.
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