Mark Selby Wins the Title for 3rd time

Mark Selby wins Snookers ultimate prize for the 3rd time

The world number one is only the fourth player after Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim back-to-back titles in the modern era.

Mark Selby defended his World Championship title with a stunning comeback to beat John Higgins 18-15 and secure his third crown in four years.

A dreadful collapse for Higgins means having come through a comfortable semi-final against Barry Hawkins, he was initially at ease against Selby, stroking in a 141 break which equalled O’Sullivan’s effort in 2012 as the best break recorded in a World Championship final.

And Selby was out of sorts during Sunday’s play at the Crucible, missing straightforward opportunities in the reds to hand his opponent the initiative.

But the 33-year-old, who was named ‘The Torturer’ by Ronnie O’Sullivan for his gritty victory in 2014 from 10-5 behind, showed similar uncompromising characteristics with a ruthless display.

In the final session, the pre-match favourite made breaks of 71, 70 and a 131 clearance following the contentious call in the 31st frame.

Watch highlights of the game via the BBC Sport website.

Mark Selby beats John Higgins to win world snooker championship – as it happened. The Guardian

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