MARK Selby is the new Antwerp Open champion after he came back from behind to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The world number two star, who was runner-up of this event last year, run three straight frames after being 3-1 down to the reigning world champion in the Belgium city.
The win takes Selby to five PTC titles in his career – no player on the tour circuit has won more.
And tonight’s victory will give him a real confidence boost ahead of his bid to defend the UK Championship crown – with the tournament less than ten days away.
But it could have been a different story if O’Sullivan made the most of a golden opportunity in the deciding frame. Leading 36-0 ‘The Rocket’ missed a routine black off its spot – a miss which would prove costly as Selby took full advantage to cross the winning line.
O’Sullivan, who en-route to the final showed some of the form which won him the World Championship in May, took the opening frame with a quick-fire break of 74.
The second frame proved much more of a nervy affair but despite missing frame ball on two occasions, Selby levelled the scores potting a long blue.
A misjudged safety from Selby led to O’Sullivan regaining the lead with a break of 54 and the five-times world champion increased his lead to 3-1 after he came back from 56-31 behind to be on the verge of another ranking title.
The next frame saw Selby keep his hopes alive with runs of 52 and 61 before he forced a deciding frame with a stunning clearance of 126.
And when O’Sullivan made the crucial error of missing a simple black, Selby – with momentum on his side – cleared the table with a clinical break of 77 to clinch the trophy and the cash prize of 25,000 euros.