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Daryl Selby in action at the Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland

Daryl Selby Pleased To Win Biggest Title At Age Of 36

As we reach the end of another season, the PSA's Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with England’s Daryl Selby.
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Daryl Selby ends the 2018-19 season as the World No.19, in amongst the big group of English players hovering just outside the world’s top 16.

It was a season that saw the Englishman take his biggest title, as he won the PSA World Tour Bronze event, the QSF No.1 in Qatar, and he was happy with his efforts.

“I’m pretty happy with my 2018-19 season, I’m a Masters player now so to be able to finish the season in the top 20 and to have won the biggest title of my career in Qatar at 36 years old is extremely pleasing,” Selby admitted.

“My inconsistency has been a problem but I guess it’s to be expected.”

Despite the victory, the World No.19 says that his best performance was actually a defeat at the Tournament of Champions, to soon-to-be World No.1 Ali Farag.

Selby (left) and Ali Farag in action at the Tournament of Champions

[My] best performance was probably against Ali Farag at ToC, I lost 3-0 but it could easily have been the other way around! 

The Englishman lost 15-13, 12-10, 13-11 in just under an hour, in one of the matches of the tournament. Selby had game balls in all three games, but unfortunately for him, Farag was able to nip in and take the victory.

Looking ahead to the off-season and Selby already has his eyes on the future, for when he ends his career on court.

“My off season will involve building my Dynamic 7 Sport business and trying to keep fit,” he explained.

“I managed a 10 mile race the other day and may have got the bug for that now!”

Along with continuing his newfound love for running, Selby has a couple of goals that he is looking to achieve for the coming season.

“[I want] to stay in the top 20 as long as possible, win another title and get loads more contenders for Shot of the Month!” 

Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans reviews her campaign.

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