Mark Selby taunts Ronnie O'Sullivan with Scottish Open winner's speech
Mark Selby not only dished out a thrashing to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Scottish Open final on Sunday night, but he was also happy to take the mick in the post-match interview.
Selby comfortably beat the world champion 9-3 in Milton Keynes, retaining the title he won last season and extending his winning run in ranking event finals to 11 on the spin.
It was a straight forward victory for the three-time world champion, in a contest in which he was never behind, but he was happy to add a bit of spice to proceedings after the match.
While he described O’Sullivan as the ‘best player to play the game’ he also made subtle digs at the Rocket’s recent comments about his cue action and troublesome tip.
O’Sullivan continually spoke of his struggles with his cue action during the World Championship, while his problems with the tip of his cue has been the ongoing narrative this week.
‘To win any tournament nowadays is great, I’m really really happy,’ Selby told Eurosport.
‘Don’t feel as though I played fantastic today, could have played a lot better, I felt like I was searching for my cue action all day.
‘In patches in some matches I feel like I’ve played as good as I can play, still a lot of things to work on.
‘A few shots I wasn’t happy with, didn’t cue them that well. A lot to work on on the practice table but the signs are good.
‘If I was to choose to win a tournament I’d choose to play Ronnie in the final every time.
‘He’s the best player to play the game, but today he didn’t play fantastic, I don’t feel like I played great, I probably need a new tip on.’
‘I’m not going to stoop down to that level. People say I’m slow enough, I ain’t going to carry on on the pink and black for another half hour.’
O’Sullivan made no excuses for his below-par performance in the final, crediting the champion for outplaying him.
‘Mark played fantastically well, I’ve got no complaints, I didn’t really do a lot wrong,’ the Rocket told Eurosport.
‘Just some days you just don’t score enough points and put your opponent under enough pressure.
‘When you get to finals you expect to have to do that, I just didn’t do that good enough.’
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