Mark Selby inspires name of Noppon Saengkham’s daughter as snooker star misses birth for Crucible

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Snooker - Dafabet Masters - Alexandra Palace - 14/1/16

Mark Selby in action during the quarter final

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Snooker - Dafabet Masters - Alexandra Palace - 14/1/16 Mark Selby in action during the quarter final Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

By Ben Parsons at the Crucible

Mark Selby was the inspiration for the name of snooker star Noppon Saengkham’s new-born daughter.

Thailand’s Saengkham missed the birth of his first child to secure a World Championship win.

The world No.38 impressively defeated Belgian Luca Brecel 10-5 at the Crucible, just hours after his wife gave birth.

And the new dad revealed his daughter is called ‘Believe’ after a supreme Selby sporting comeback.

Leicester’s Selby is a four-time Crucible king and Saengkham’s snooker hero.

"I got the idea of the name from when Mark Selby was 10-4 down against John Higgins in the 2017 World final," he said.

"He said 'believe, believe, believe' when the camera was on him - and he came back to win.

"He knows I like him. I love his game. His game is to never give up. That is why I like him."

Selby beat Higgins 18-15 to claim the third of his world crowns five years ago and is the defending champion at the Sheffield showpiece.

The 38-year-old started his bid for a fifth title with a gritty 10-7 victory over Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones.

But Selby has not won a ranking event this year and opened up on mental health struggles in January.

He took an extended seven-week break from the baize before arriving in the Steel City, and had considered not defending his title.

“Six or seven weeks ago when I was pulling out needing to work on myself, I wasn’t really sure back then whether I was going to play in the World Championship,” Selby said after beating Jones.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to win but it was a matter of just playing and trying to enjoy it."

Selby takes on Chinese star Yan Bingtao in the last 16, while Saengkham comes up against Scottish great John Higgins.

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