Selby Dominates Joyce 6-0, Eyes Showdown with Hawkins in Last 16

Mark Selby cruised to a 6-0 victory over Mark Joyce at the MrQ UK Championship in York, securing a spot in the last 16 where he will face his close friend Barry Hawkins, with whom he is currently sharing an apartment. Despite recent challenges at York, Selby, a two-time winner of the event, expressed confidence after defeating Joyce, extending his unbeaten record against him to 6-0.

In the past two years, Selby faced early exits at the hands of Iran’s Hossein Vafaei in York. However, Selby’s strong form this season, reaching the finals at the British Open and making semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters and European Masters, indicates a promising campaign. Interestingly, his defeat in the European Masters came from his upcoming opponent, Barry Hawkins.

Joyce, who qualified for the final stages by overcoming Iulian Boiko, Xiao Guodong, and Joe Perry, could not break his losing streak against Selby. The match, lasting just an hour and 43 minutes, featured Selby’s impressive breaks of 82, 61, 75, and 80. Reflecting on the game, Selby acknowledged Joyce’s efforts and the significance of the occasion for him.

Looking ahead to his clash with Hawkins, Selby humorously commented on their shared apartment arrangement and the prospect of facing his close friend in the competition. Despite the friendly banter, Selby recognized Hawkins as a great player and emphasized the need to maintain a high level of play to compete.

In another exciting encounter, Jamie Jones secured a 6-4 victory over Jack Lisowski, setting up a second-round showdown with 2019 World Champion Judd Trump. Jones displayed resilience, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to ultimately secure his place in the next round with a combination of breaks, including a crucial break of 113 in the fifth frame.

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