Selby wins Gdynia Open

23:48:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Mark Selby won the last European Tour event of this season, the 2016 Gdynia Open, by beating Martin Gould 4-1 in order to continue the "tradition" that only former world champions win in Poland, after Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy.

It's been one hell of a few days here in Poland's Gdynia as a lot of the players involved in the tournament had not just to fight for victory, but also for maintaining their place on the Main Tour and avoid “going back” to QSchool.

This wasn't, of course, the case of the current world number one, Mark Selby but that doesn't mean the journey was any easier. He still had to win against Joe Roberts (4-2), John Higgins (4-2),  Luca Brecel (4-3 after being led 3-0), Sam Baird (4-3, from being 3-1 down), Marco Fu (4-1) and Andrew Higginson (4-2).

The final against Martin Gould started with the recent winner of the German Masters in the front row, "The Pinner Potter" taking the opening frame with a top break of 41 to which Selby responded with a 92 to draw level.

A re-racked third frame was seeing the same Selby continuing with a 69 break to put his nose in front, while a scrappy and quite long fourth frame was sending him one away from victory, at 3-1.

"The Jester from Leicester" was sure to wrap things up rather quickly winning the last frame thanks to a 62 clearance in order to get his hands on a pretty nice trophy and a cheque of 25.000 euros.

But what makes this victory even more important is that is Selby's first ranking win this season. Seems hard to believe, but the world number one hasn't won any major tournaments since the 2015 China Open.

That being said, we say our goodbyes to one of the most close-to-my-heart tournaments, for this is the last edition of Gdynia Open and we move forward to Championship League's Group 7 which starts this Monday. Insane, right?