World Championship 2017: Mark Selby leads John Higgins in Crucible final
|World Snooker Championship final|
|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 30 April-1 May|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, Connected TVs, online and app.|
Defending champion Mark Selby turned the World Championship final around in dramatic fashion by opening up a 13-11 lead over John Higgins.
Selby trailed 10-7 overnight, but the world number one claimed six out of seven frames played in the third session at the Crucible.
Four-time champion Higgins, who led 10-4 on the first day, has lost nine of the last 10 frames.
They resume the best-of-35 match at 19:00 BST live on BBC Two.
The Torturer at it again
The pair’s last meeting in a Crucible showpiece 10 years ago – which Higgins won – saw the latest ever finish in a final with play coming to a close at 12:54am on the Tuesday morning.
This encounter could go the same way, as a turgid third session saw play ended early with a frame being carried over.
As expected, two-time champion Selby was able to recuperate overnight and returned refreshed by engaging in an immense tussle with his 41-year-old Scottish opponent.
The 33-year-old Selby took the first two frames of the second day, both of which were scrappy, including one where the remaining 12 reds ended up in the top half of the table.
The Leicester man could have drawn level, but missed a black off the spot and was punished as Higgins cleared up with 78, but Selby took the next three to lead 12-11 and a 72 break in the 24th opened up a two-frame advantage.
Selby can become the fourth player after Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim back-to-back titles in the modern era, while Higgins is aiming to become the oldest winner of the title since Ray Reardon aged 45 in 1978.
Mark Selby (Eng) 13-11 John Higgins (Sco)
Third session: 76-1, 53-2, 29-107 (78), 63-40, 68-19 (67), 82-0 (58), 72-0 (72) 13-11 Selby
Second session: 86-0 (86), 8-60, 44-74, 69-22, 1-68, 0-76 (76), 81-9 (81), 121-12 (121), 96-17 10-7 Higgins
First session: 76-34 (76), 7-50, 121-8 (62, 58), 0-141 (141), 40-99 (63), 1-126 (95), 54-59 (58), 33-68 6-2 Higgins
Highest breaks in final: Higgins 141*, Selby 121
* Joint-highest in a World Championship final
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