Snooker - Selby looks to cut shaky starts

Mark Selby admits he cannot continue to start slowly if he is to fulfil his dream of winning the UK Championship.

The Jester from Leicester beat Australian Neil Robertson 6-4 in the last-eight having rallied from 4-0 down to progress into the semi-finals at the Barbican in York.

He faces Mark Davis on Saturday and a win will see him return to the top of the world rankings in place of Judd Trump.

But it is the prize of a first UK Championship title that is fuelling the 29-year-old's ambitions. However, having also found himself 3-0 down to Ryan Day in the previous round he is aware of the need to start better against an in-form Davis.

"It is frustrating because I know how well I am cueing in practice and it is only because of doubt that I am not trusting myself out there," he said.

"It is frustrating and something I need to try and overcome because against Neil I felt as positive as ever at 4-3, yet at 0-0 I felt as negative as ever which is strange.

"I feel I am capable of beating anybody and winning any tournament. It is more or less about giving myself a kick up the backside."

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