Mark Selby beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to Emerge World Number One
Mark Selby beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-7 in a thrilling final to win the UK Championship for the second time in a sensational evening session, Selby hit three centuries in the final six frames, with O'Sullivan hitting two of his own, to clinch victory in York.
Selby, 33, rose to the challenge to become only the sixth player to secure the World Championship and UK titles in the same calendar year, his victory also means he has completed the 'triple crown' of UK, Masters and World Championship twice. "To play Ronnie in any game is always a great atmosphere and gives you a buzz, I had to be on the top of my game, and if I had only played at 60% then I wouldn't have won. It's a great feeling." said Selby.
The world number one, who as champion collects £170,000 in prize money, joins an illustrious list of players in O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, John Higgins and John Parrott to hold both the World and UK titles in the same year. The match was effectively won in the first session as Selby, renowned for his resolute style of play, won frames lasting 33 and 48 minutes in pulling four clear at the interval.