Snooker player Mark Selby emerged out as the winner of the World Snooker Championship 2017 after defeating John Higgins in an 18-15 victory. Selby has retained his world title and has clinched the world championship for the third time. He won the first world title in 2014 and the second one in 2016. Selby is now the number 1 player in the world.
After winning the world title, Selby has now become the fourth player in the world who has retained the world title, along with Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan. In the final showdown of best of 35 games, Higgins was in the ahead with a 10-4 lead but Selby got back into the game after this and won the match 18-15. The final match took place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. ‘The Crucible’ has been the venue for the world championship finals for almost 40 years.
The 33-old snooker champion is now the No.1 player for 116 consecutive weeks. Selby received a hefty winning amount of £375,000. For those who are trying to convert it to Indian rupees, it’s around INR 3.1 crores. The world title will keep Selby on the top for almost a year more. After winning the match, Selby said, “Yesterday I’d hit the wall and I had nothing left, I was 10-4 down and thinking there was no way I was going to come back from that. I said I’d just try to make it respectable. I was thinking I could lose with a session to spare. I tried to get my act together, just tried to find something from within. To get out at 10-7 down it felt like I was in front, to be honest.”
Four-time world champion John Higgins was dominating the game on the first day but lost the momentum on the second day of the match and once Selby went on the lead it became tough for Higgins to strike back into the game. Selby scored 256 points with four wins in a row, on the second and final day. Higgins said, “In the second session I had my chances, I missed a pink into the middle and I could have gone 9-3 ahead. That was a big, big frame. Mark cleared up under extreme pressure. He is a fantastic champion. It has been an unbelievable tournament, I gave everything. I came up short to a great champion. I’m proud of myself but he was too good on the day.”
In the second last frame, Selby managed to pull-off a break of 131 points which showed that he clearly possessed the momentum. Mark Selby hails from the city of Leicester and therefore, has the nickname ‘The Jester from Leicester’, given to him by the snooker compere Richard Beare. Selby has three Masters titles, two UK championships and now three World Championship title under his name, which makes him the sixth snooker player to have all three superior titles under his name for at least two times. The 15-day tournament takes place every year around this time of the year, ends on the first Monday of May.