After being knocked out of two tournaments in the first round at the end of 2013, the 31-year-old world no.10 has reached the quarter-finals or better in each PSA Tour event he has entered so far in 2014.
So what is his main aim for the Open?
“Win my first match and see what happens!” he replied. “I have a tough draw really, playing Saurav Ghosal in the first round who is in very good form and if I manage to get through that match, then probably Nick Matthew next.”
With having lost his last six meetings against the top seed, including two on the PSA Tour, Selby describes his chances of matching his previous best Open performance of reaching the quarter-finals (in 2009) as “low”.
“The British Open is high up on my priorities, as it is such a prestigious tournament, and the fact it’s played in England means I’ll be trying to go as far as I can.
“My form is not too bad at the moment, but I would like it to be better of course!”
Selby is tipping “one of the top four” (Gregory Gaultier, Matthew, Mohamed Elshorbagy or defending champion Ramy Ashour) for the title, although he added: “You can never rule out [Amr] Shabana, who has been playing great recently.”