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Selby and Ding remain level on 12-12.

Mark Selby plays excellent shot against Ding Junhui in World Championship match

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The semi final match between Mark Selby and Ding Junhui is definitely heating up.

In the see-saw match with momentum swinging from one opponent to another, the two are currently tied at 12-12, with Ding playing some solid snooker throughout.

But not before some brilliant shots were made by Selby, showing us why he's the reigning world champion.

Picked up by presenter Jason Mohammed on Twitter, it's easy to see why this pot of the blue ball by Selby when 9-7 up was the shot of the match.

Not only was it a well angled shot, but the speed and swiftness of it just added to its brilliance, making it simply amazing to look at.

You can watch it in the video further down this article.

Whether this redeems him for an earlier foul which handed Junhui a 5-3 lead with a century break remains to be seen as the two will pay for the final leg of their semi-final match on Saturday.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the Barry Hawkins vs John Higgins match in the final, and with Higgins currently leading 16-8, the Scot just needs one more frame to secure his place in the final for a sixth time, and you wouldn't bet against him. 

While Selby's brilliant pot of the blue might be the shot of the match, last year's runner up Junhui has come quite a way to face his nemesis, beating two fellow Chinese compatriots and five-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan.

He has definitely given reigning champion Selby a run for his money, this time able to come back when falling behind on the scoreboard. But Selby is the king of attrition, drawing out matches to wear down his opponents, and with the pressure this high, it's a wonder of how that will affect his play.

It's going to be very hard to predict which one of these two will win the match, but it is as close as it could be so far.

But Selby will be hoping for more shots like this when the semi-final resumes

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Topics:
Mark Selby
Ronnie O'Sulivan
Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson
World Snooker Championship
Snooker
Judd Trump
John Higgins

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