Mark Selby defeated China’s Ding Junhui 18-14 in the final of the snooker world championship here on Monday.
Ding, the first Asian player to reach the final, made a late surge from 16-11 down to 16-14, but Selby, the 2014 champion, won a tense 31st frame before sealing victory in the next.
Selby joins Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams, John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan as the only players to lift the trophy more than once at the Crucible.
The 32-year-old Selby collected a record cheque for 330,000 pounds by winning his seventh ranking title.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Selby. “To win it once was a huge achievement, and something that I wanted to do, but I never dreamed of winning twice, I’m quite emotional.
“Ding was under a lot of pressure, it was his first world final and there’s massive expectation from China. I knew I had to capitalise early doors, every time I got a chance I punished him and scored. I missed a blue to go 7-0 up and if I had done that I might have won more easily. Ding showed class and came back to within a frame at times, but I managed to dig deep. Read More