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World Snooker Championship final: Selby beats O’Sullivan to take title
Mark Selby claimed a maiden world title at the Crucible with a thrilling victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Five-time winner O’Sullivan was on course to clinch a hat-trick of consecutive titles as he stormed into a 10-5 lead.
But Selby fought back to turn around the match and triumphed 18-14 to take home snooker’s ultimate prize for the first time, having been runner-up in 2007.
“It’s amazing really,” said the 30-year-old, who returns to the top of the world rankings.
“It couldn’t be better. You want to win it with Ronnie in the tournament and there’s no better way than playing him in the final.
“I want to thank all my supporters, my wife Vikki and the family and everyone who’s stuck by me.”
Reflecting on his comeback, he added: “I was just my usual self, dug in and never gave in. I didn’t play pretty snooker early in the match but towards the end I played well.
“It was a tough day yesterday. The last two frames were huge. To get back to 10-7 – any other score, I had no chance.”