The English Open forms part of snooker’s Home Nations series, which also features events in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This week’s tournament takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, with the final to be played on Sunday, October 18. Last year’s final was won by Mark Selby, who beat David Gilbert 9-1 to win the Steve Davis Trophy for the first time.

Recalling the his 2019 English Open win, Selby sid: “My form leading up to the tournament wasn’t great. Even getting to the final, I didn’t play fantastically in any of the matches. I just dug in and grafted.

“Then playing Dave I produced some really good stuff. That was probably the best I’ve played before in a final.

“I’d like to perform like that every time. If I could box up that performance and do it in every final, then you’d be paying a fortune for it.”

Also in action this week are six-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and world No 1 Judd Trump.

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Snooker – upcoming matches

Sunday, October 18:

Selby/Robertson vs Trump/Higgins

The English Open final will take place over two sessions, starting at 1pm and 7pm (Best of 17).

“Today was a little bit better from 3-1 down. I am happy with the way I ended the game but there were still a lot of missed balls and careless shots,” he said.

“He didn’t really do a lot wrong from 3-1, I made three good breaks.

“Hopefully I can keep digging myself out of trouble and play a little bit better next game.

“The form is there, it’s not showed itself in this event, but I’m still battling away. Tomorrow is the big day.”

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