Selby joins elite in retaining world title'

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2017 09:02:46


Sheffield (United Kingdom),


ENGLAND’S Mark Selby successfully defended his world snooker championship on Monday, beating four-time champion John Higgins 18 frames to 15 in a thrilling contest.


The 33-year-old Englishman had trailed 10-4 at one stage but just as he did against Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2014 he fought back to win, becoming only the fourth player in the past 40 years to retain the title.


It was also the third world title in the last four editions for the player fondly known as “The Jester from Leicester”.
“I can’t believe it, I am still pinching myself now,” Selby told the BBC.


“From 10-4 to get to 10-7 yesterday, I was over the moon as I had nothing left. He outplayed me yesterday. Today I came back fresh and was a lot better.
“When I was 10-4 down I was missing everything. I said ‘pull something together’. If you lose, you want to at least go down fighting.


“To have three world titles is unbelievable and to be one of only four players to defend it is something I could only dream of.” Selby showed character and grit in the final session when leading 16-14 and ahead in the frame he was judged to have fouled when trying to pull off a snooker behind the black.