Mark Selby has beaten China's Ding Junhui 18-14 to win his second World Championship title in Sheffield. The 32-year-old star, who also won the title in 2014, led the contest from the outset and sealed his triumph in Sunday's evening session (2 May) at the Crucible Theatre.
Ding won three frames in a row on Sunday night, but never truly recovered from his woeful start to the final, which saw him trail Selby 6-0 at one stage of the contest. Despite his outstanding performance, Selby subsequently admitted he felt under more pressure than was the case two years ago.
"It is fantastic," he explained, according to the BBC. "It was very special to win it two years ago, but I felt under a lot more pressure now than I did two years ago."
The Brit also paid tribute to his Chinese opponent, who appeared to initially struggle with the weight of expectation surrounding him and his efforts to become the first Asian player to win the world title.
"It was a tough final and with the amount of pressure Ding is under, from China alone but to play like that. I can't imagine how he could do that," Selby said.
"In the first to 18, a 6-0 lead is not a huge one, especially against someone like Ding. He played fantastically earlier today and I had to just hang on to him. I'm just over the moon. I saved my best performance for the final and I only had two good sessions in the tournament. Luckily my 'B' game is pretty good."