World No 67 Matthew Selt believes he can cause a major upset at snooker’s Grand Prix by knocking out legend Stephen Hendry in the first round. Romford’s Selt has been in the form of his life so far this season, winning four qualifying matches to get through to the recent Roewe Shanghai Masters, then repeating that feat to get through the qualifying rounds of the Grand Prix.
His reward is a clash with seven-times World Champion Hendry at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on Monday at 1.30pm.
“That is the perfect draw for me,” said confident 24-year-old Selt. “I want to play the best people early doors and I believe I can win the match. It's a very, very tough draw, but I enjoy a challenge. The harder the match the better, I think. The better someone plays, the better you play. If I lose I'll be very disappointed.”
Selt has experience of competing against the top stars – he is a regular practice partner of Ronnie O’Sullivan, and came up against John Higgins in the last 32 in Shanghai, losing 5-2.
Higgins will be defending his title against the likes of O’Sullivan, Hendry, Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby in the tournament which runs from October 3 to 11.