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.”