Mark Selby celebrates winning World Championship snooker final with Ipswich-born wife Vikki Layton and their daughter

Mark Selby during day seventeen of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre,

Mark Selby during day seventeen of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 1, 2017. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A marathon final at the Crucible saw Mark Selby win the World Championship 18 frames to 15 against John Higgins.

Selby, who often visits Suffolk with his Ipswich-born wife Vikki Layton, mounted a stunning comeback to retain his title.

The world number one is the fourth player after Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis, to claim back-to-back titles.

The 33-year-old was at one time trailing ten frames to four, only to claw his way back to victory by winning nine frames out of the next ten.

The final frame ended at just after 11pm today (May 1), with an emotional Selby joined by his wife Vikki and their daughter, Sofia Maria Selby.


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Selby’s wife Vikki is a former professional pool player who represented Suffolk and the Republic of Ireland. She went to Holywells High School, Ipswich.

Mark Selby first won the championship against Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2014, when his wife was also pregnant with his daughter.

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