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  Sunday, 6 May, 2001, 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK
Crucible final - in pictures
Day 15 - First day of final

R O'Sullivan (Eng) 10-6 J Higgins (Sco)

John Higgins, referee Eirian Williams and Ronnie O'Sullivan
Three's a crowd: John Higgins(l), referee Eirian Williams(c) and Ronnie O'Sullivan(r) pose for the cameras at the start

John Higgins(l) and Ronnie O'Sullivan prepare to contest the 35-frame final
But two's company: John Higgins(l) and Ronnie O'Sullivan prepare to contest the 35 frame final

John Higgins manages a break of 37
Frame break: Proceedings are under way as John Higgins manages a run of 37

O'Sullivan racies to a first frame lead with an 88 break
Rocket launch: O'Sullivan capitalises on a Higgins error by racing to a first frame lead with an 88 break

Higgins chalks his cue while assessing his options
Chalk dust: Higgins weighs up his options as O'Sullivan keeps a watchful eye

Higgins at the table
Solitude: Higgins cuts a lonely figure as he tries to stay in touch with O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan  opens up a lead of 10-6
Fine finale: O'Sullivan ends the first day's play with a break of 99 and a four-frame advantage

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