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Awesome Mark Selby wins thrilling Antwerp final

Awesome Mark Selby wins thrilling Antwerp final

Mark Selby has claimed his first professional title of the World Snooker season, coming from 3-1 down to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-3 in a thrilling final at the Antwerp Open (Euro Tour 7) in Belgium.

Click here for photos from the Antwerp Open, courtesy of Belgium's very own Monique Limbos. And click here for all the results from the Antwerp Open.

Mark Selby Ronnie O'Sullivan Hilde Moens Antwerp Open 2013 Snooker Final

Finalists Mark Selby & Ronnie O'Sullivan alongside referee Hilde Moens.

World number two Mark Selby hasn't had a spectacular season so far and was desperately looking for some form ahead of his UK Championship title defence next month.

He found just what he needed at the right time and pulled off a thrilling 4-3 victory from 3-1 behind World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the Antwerp Open, his first professional title of the season.

Watched by a sell-out crowd of 1,200 at the Lotter Arena in Antwerp, O'Sullivan won the first frame with a crisp break of 74 before Selby levelled the match, sneaking the next on the colours.

A run of 54 in the 3rd followed by stealing frame four from the final red gave five-times Crucible champion O'Sullivan a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven match.

Breaks of 52 and 61 in the next, followed by the only century of the match, a 126, gave three-times Masters champion Selby the momentum as the match deservedly went down to a decider.

O'Sullivan had the first chance but missed a black off its spot on 36, leaving Selby right in amongst the balls and he made a fine break of 77 to give him the title and the 25,000 Euro top prize.

"Any time you face Ronnie you have to be on top of your game," said the Leicester man. "From 3-1 down I started to play really well. I never give up but I didn't expect to get a chance in the decider once he got in the balls."

The final event of the European Tour, the Gdynia Open in Poland, isn't until Feburary 6th 2014 so the next few months will be comprised of big events. The next being the invitational Champion of Champions event live on ITV, check out the details here.

 

Mark Selby European Tour 7 Antwerp Open Snooker Champion 2013 with Trophy

Mark Selby - Antwerp Open (ET7) Champion 2013

 

Posted Nov 18, 2013   
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