Mark Selby hails coach as he rediscovers top form at World Snooker Championship

Mark Selby feels he turned in one of his best ever Crucible performances in downing Neil Robertson 13-7 in the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals, and has praised the work of his new coach Chris Henry for his fine form.

The three-time world champion has a fabulous record in Sheffield, but has had a poor couple of years, losing in the first and second round in 2018 and ’19 respectively.

With other tournament wins also hard to come by, the 37-year-old has turned to the coaching of Henry, who is renowned as an expert in the mental side of the game.

Selby didn’t quite produce his best stuff in his opening two wins, against Jordan Brown and Noppon Saengkham, but he was thoroughly impressive against Robertson and he was thrilled with his own display.

Asked if it was one of his best at the Crucible, Selby said: ‘Yeah, for all-round performance, I felt that if I got a chance I could score.

‘My safety was up there with some of the best I’ve played, I think, back to how I was a few years ago when my back-up game was good.

The semi-finals are played over three days, starting on Wednesday.

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