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The World Snooker Championships gets underway with defending Champion Mark Selby out to make history.
The 2014 winner is aiming to do what no other first-time champion has done before, defend his crown.
Selby defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan last year on his way to his first title and will head into this year’s showpiece in good form after winning the China Open, however he has a major task on his hand if he to achieve back to back titles, and break the so-called “curse of the crucible”
The likes of Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan have all failed before him however Selby is determined to end the hoodoo.
“The record speaks for itself,” the world number one said.
“It is in the back of my mind, you can’t take that away. I feel I’m confident enough and have just won my last tournament so I feel ready to defend it.
“Just to win it once as I did last year was a fantastic achievement for me but to win it twice and break the curse would be outstanding.
“I also heard that no-one has ever won the China Open and then gone on to win the World Championship so you could say there are two records.”
Selby may the world number one but the current favourite for the title is O’Sullivan.
The 39 year old, fourth on the all-time list with five wins in Sheffield, is currently second in the world and in December won the UK Championship, to add to the Champion of Champions title he won in November.
Most recently he lost to another favourite for the title, Neil Robertson in the semi-final of the non-ranking Masters, a tournament won by world number 8 and 2005 Champion, Shaun Murphy.
Murphy is currently the fifth favourite for the title, with world number 6, Judd Trump ahead of him in the pricing.
The first gets underway on Saturday with all the world’s top 16 in action against qualifiers.
The tournament will be missing a number of major names this year however with former Champions Ken Doherty, Steve Davis and Peter Ebdon all failing to make it through the qualifying rounds.