Sheffield (UK): English pro Mark Selby played the match of his career to stun defending champion Ronnie O`Sullivan and pocket his maiden World Snooker Championship title here today.
The Leicester-based cueist, who trailed 7-10 overnight, triumphed 18-14 on a dramatic final day at the Crucible to become the new World No.1.
Getting past Neil Robertson in a gruelling semi-final and and then stopping O`Sullivan from bagging his third successive World Snooker crown, Selby, 30, is on cloud nine. "To beat Ronnie in the final to win my first world title is a dream come true," said an a delighted Selby.
An excited Selby, who got richer by 300,000 pounds, dedicated the triumph to his late father.
"My father died when I was 16, two months before I turned pro," said an emotional Selby. "His last words to me were to win the world title. I promised him I would. So this is for him." Five-time champion O`Sullivan paid tribute to Selby`s tenacity after losing at the Crucible for the first time since 2011 and the first time in a final.
"I tried my hardest but he was just too good," O`Sullivan said. "I`ve had some great victories here but losing is part of the sport. I`ll go away, lick my wounds and come back and try to be one better next time."