Mark Selby aims cheeky dig at Ronnie O’Sullivan after Scottish Open victory

Mark Selby brushed aside world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to win his second ranking title of the season.

The Jester from Leicester dominated from start to finish to beat the reigning world champion 9-3 and win the Scottish Open title for a second year running.

It is Selby’s second major trophy of the season after winning the European Masters at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

Selby was left frustrated in August when he was cost a place in the World Championship final after a sensational fightback from O’Sullivan from 16-14 behind left him suffering semi-final heartache.

The match was remembered for Selby accusing O’Sullivan of “disrespect” as he expressed his unhappiness over his opponent going for outrageous shots when snookered.

Mark Selby. Picture by Monique Limbos

But Selby refused to let that disappointment echo in the Scottish Open final – winning each half session 3-1 to successfully retain the Stephen Hendry trophy he first won 12 months ago when he beat Jack Lisowski in the final.

Recently O’Sullivan has expressed concerns over his game stating he is “looking for a cue action” and in the Scottish Open has said he has struggled to play constantly well because of problems with the tip of his cue.

And during the post match presentation, Selby did not hesitate to cheekily use some recent Ronnie O’Sullivan references to describe his own game and performance.

Selby said: “To win any tournament these days is great so I’m really really happy.

“I don’t feel like I played fantastic today, I could have played a lot better. I felt I was searching for my cue action all day really.

“If I was to choose to win a tournament I would want to play Ronnie in the final every time because he’s obviously the best player to play the game.

“Today he didn’t play fantastic, I don’t feel I played great – I probably need a new tip on but we’ll see.”

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