Selby made a strong comeback from 8-5 down in the final to edge Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) 9-8. It must have been particularly sweet since he lost 9-8 to O'Sullivan in the recent UK Championship.
For the fourth straight ranking tournament 2006 world champion Shaun Murphy (England) lost out in the semi-finals. This time he was beaten 6-3 by O'Sullivan. Scotland's Stephen Hendry lost 6-4 to Selby in the other semi-final.
Defending champion Neil Robertson (Australia) was beaten 5-3 by England's Allister Carter in the third round.
Selby received £35,000 for the victory. It was his second major title, having also captured the Masters in January.
O'Sullivan won £17,500 as runner-up. He was looking for his second consecutive ranking win, having captured the UK Championship in December. In addition he won the £2,000 high break prize for his 143 against Murphy.
The win lifts Selby from fifth to fourth in the provisional rankings. O'Sullivan stays on top. Shaun Murphy is the new No.2 after swapping positions with Stephen Maguire (Scotland).
The event took place at the Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales Feb 11-17, 2008. It was the fifth ranking tournament of seven on the 2007/2008 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the China Open which starts 23rd March 2008.
- Welsh Open 2008 (World Snooker)
- Selby comeback stuns O'Sullivan (BBC)
- Selby stuns O'Sullivan (Eurosport)
- Selby Stuns O'Sullivan in Newport (Sporting Life)
- 2008 Welsh Open (Global Cue Sports Centre)
- Slow and steady Mark Selby comes back to stun Ronnie O’Sullivan (Times Online)
- Selby's First Ranking Title (greenbaize)
- Yes, Selby is Talented (Snooker Scene blog)
- Mark Selby fängt O’Sullivan ab (Snookerblog - German)
- Snooker Ranking - Welsh Open 2008 - Finals (Cuefactor)
- SnookerManager: Welsh Open 2008
- Mark Selby (Official page)
- Neil Robertson wins Welsh Open (2007)
- Dominic Dale on top in Shanghai Masters
- Fu tops Grand Prix for first ranking win
- Maguire triumphant in Northern Ireland Trophy
- Ronnie O'Sullivan wins fourth UK Championship
- Mark Selby wins Masters on debut
- Shaun Murphy retains Malta Cup trophy