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Selby upsets champion O’Sullivan to win first world title

Mark Selby celebrates winning the world title for the first time after stunning 'Rocket' Ronnie

By Ed Osmond

Mark Selby upset five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to win his first world snooker title with a magnificent 18-14 comeback victory in the final in Sheffield on Monday.
Selby, the world number three, trailed 10-7 overnight but he won the first four frames of the day and led his fellow Englishman 12-11 going into the final session.

O’Sullivan, bidding to equal the six victories of Ray Reardon and Steve Davis, made a century in the opening frame of the evening but Selby stayed strong and compiled his first hundred break of the match to move 16-14 ahead,

O’Sullivan, ranked 33rd in the world after taking a break from the game, never found his normal fluency and the 30-year-old Selby closed out the match with a clearance of 35.
“It was amazing. It could not be better,” Selby told the BBC.

“There’s no better way than beating Ronnie in the final. I dug in, I did not play pretty snooker early on but as it wore on I thought I did well.
“It was a tough day yesterday and the last two games were huge. To get back into 10-7 gave me a chance.”

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