Selby takes first session lead

Mark Selby will be looking to build on a 5-3 lead after the first session over 2010 champion Neil Robertson in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship (Neil Robertson 4/1 – 2014 World Snooker Championship outright).

Play will resume on Friday at 14.30 and Selby should head into the second session in confident mood after recovering from 2-1 down to win four frames in a row.

Australian Robertson did win the last frame of the session to keep himself firmly in contention.

Selby has never managed to win the World Championship and he is bidding for just a second appearance in the final, having been beaten in the 2007 final by John Higgins.

The two players met in the final of the UK Championship earlier this season, with Robertson coming out on top 10-7, although Selby has won their two best of five frames meetings since in January and February.

In the other semi-final Ronnie O’Sullivan raced into a commanding 6-2 lead over Barry Hawkins in a repeat of last year’s final.

The two players shared the first four frames but O’Sullivan won the final four frames of the session to give Hawkins a huge task when play resumes on Friday morning.

O’Sullivan is currently priced at 4/9 to win the tournament outright, Selby can be backed at 7/2 and Hawkins is 40/1.

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