Selby stuns O’Sullivan in memorable Final

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

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Mark Selby completed a memorable comeback against Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim the Masters title in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

It marks Selby’s second success in three years in the competition, claiming the £150,000 first prize at Wembley Arena.

O’Sullivan had led 9-6 needing a just one more frame to be crowned champion, leaving Selby needing to reel in an insurmountable lead.

It was a splendid Final in front of a capacity crowd which saw O’Sullivan maintain a lead over Selby throughout.

At 9-6 down Selby secured consecutive frames, though it wasn’t until the penultimate frame that Selby managed to pull level.

O’Sullivan had the opportunities to triumph and he appeared on the verge or repeating last year’s 10-8 success over Selby, but he carelessly missed a yellow. The error allowed Selby to secure a deciding frame.

Selby raced into a 64-0 lead in the decider, however nerves appeared to get the better of him when he missed a relatively routine red ball. Yet it proved inconsequential for O’Sullivan as on Selby’s next visit to the table he secured the Masters title.

“I thought I was dead and buried at 9-6,” Selby said. “To play Ronnie anywhere it’s a great atmosphere but this was special. I just took it a frame at a time.”

O’Sullivan was magnanimous in defeat and admitted he was beaten by the better player. He also proclaimed that he hadn’t anticipated making the final and as such wasn’t too disappointed in defeat.

“He played well, and deserved win. I never got a look in the last four frames,” he conceded.

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