Mark Selby secured a comfortable win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the Scottish Open on Sunday, hammering the world champion 9-3 in Milton Keynes.
Selby won the first frame of the match and was never behind as he wrapped up victory before the mid-session interval in the evening.
He made a high break of 102 and eight half-centuries as he kept the Rocket at bay.
The Jester from Leicester only entered the Scottish Open for the first time last season and retaining his title here maintains his unbeaten record in the event.
The victory over O’Sullivan also extends his winning record in ranking finals to 11 on the spin, which equals Stephen Hendry’s record.
‘Fantastic,’ Selby said of his victory. ‘I feel like this season so far has been a fantastic season.
‘Even if I’d have lost against Ronnie in the final, of course I’d have been gutted, but a lot of positives.
‘Semi-finals, quarter-finals, won the European [Masters] so really, really consistent and really happy.
‘No, not really [surprised how easy it was]. I always believe in myself when I play Ronnie, I always fancy the job and I think you’ve got to.
‘A lot of people probably go out there and collapse against Ronnie, they’re probably beaten before they’re even beaten.
‘That’s the kind of aura he has, the same as Phil Taylor in the darts.
‘Every time I go out there I always believe I can beat him and today was no different.’
On equalling Hendry’s record, Selby suggested the Scot could get the record back when he eventually makes his comeback at some point this season.
‘Fantastic achievement, but he may even better it himself when he makes his comeback, whenever that is,’ said Selby.
The Rocket was certainly in the game when he produced an excellent clearance of 58 to claim the fifth frame and go 3-2 behind.
However, Selby dominated the next frame and then pinched the eighth and final frame of the first session when O’Sullivan missed a simple red when he looked set to clear up.
This put the Jester 6-2 up ahead of the final session and it proved an insurmountable lead.
Ronnie could claim just one more fram in the evening, missing another easy ball in the 12th frame when on 64, which allowed Selby to come in and win the match with a 76.
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