Snooker: Mark Selby targets world-title glory
New UK champion Mark Selby has already turned his attention to making it a 'full house' after pocketing the biggest win of his career.
The 29-year-old won a gritty final 10-6 against good friend Shaun Murphy at the Barbican, in York, on Sunday.
Having reclaimed his status as world No.1 in the process, and banishing any worries over a neck injury that hampered his start to the season, Selby is already thinking of his next goal.
Every professional dreams of winning the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters when they start out, and Selby was no different when he joined the paid ranks as a 16-year-old in 1999.
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Already a double Masters winner after triumphs in 2008 and 2010, and having gone close at the World Championship in 2007 when finishing runner-up to John Higgins, Selby finally ended his hoodoo in the 'big two' ranking events by landing his first UK title.
Next on the radar will be glory at the Crucible in May to complete the hat-trick, and Selby's win on Sunday has given him a renewed confidence.
"A lot of people were pointing out that I had got to world No.1 without ever having won either the world or UK titles," said the 'Jester from Leicester', who has been installed at 8-1 for the world title.
"They're the two biggest titles in snooker and every No.1 who has ever been has won at least one of them.
"So it's great to get that monkey off my back now.
"Next on my list is the world title. I've won the Masters and now I've won the UK.
"As Meat Loaf said, two out of three aint bad, but now I want the full set, and it would be fantastic if I could win the Worlds this season.
"It would be incredible if I could hold both that and the UK at the same time but, if not, there are still plenty of years left in me yet."
Selby has spent most of the past year as world No.1 but, by his own admission, rarely lived up to that level on the table, struggling to reach the latter stages of ranking tournaments.
He lost the top ranking to Judd Trump just a few weeks before the start of the UK, but Selby vowed to reclaim it and, if he did so, would play with less pressure on himself the second time around and enjoy it more.
After winning in York, Selby now has plenty to smile about.
"I was disappointed with way I played in the final, but I put lot of pressure on myself and that's why I didn't perform the best I know I can," he said.
"Who's to say I'd ever get to the final again, so I had to make the most of my chance and give it my all, which is what I did.
"It won't go down as the best of UK finals, but a win's a win and I'm delighted it's me who's calling themselves UK champion.
"It's a very special feeling and it's right at the top of my achievements and I want to kick on from this."