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Ronnie O’Sullivan wins fifth World title?

Ronnie O’Sullivan triumphed over Barry Hawkins this weekend to claim his fifth World snooker title, but will he return next year to attempt to capture it for a sixth time? Ronnie O’Sullivan successfully defended his crown for a second year running, only something Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry have previously accomplished, totalling his World Championship titles to 5. O’Sullivan is one of only 5 players who have won the world title multiple times since 1970, along with Stephen Hendry (7 titles), Ray Reardon (6 times), Steve Davis (6 times) and  John Higgins (4 times).

O’Sullivan defeated Barry Hawkins 18-12 in Sheffield, to retain his title and he commented after the game, “I can’t say that I will be back next year because I enjoyed my year out. Now I’ve got to enjoy one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, retaining the World Championship.” Ronnie O’Sullivan has doubted his involvement in the sport recently, announcing that he had been thinking about retiring, but he soon followed that up by saying he can’t afford to retire.

Since his fourth World Championship last year, Ronnie O’Sullivan has won one competitive match before he won his fifth World Championship this weekend. However, he now plans to play in some not so high profile events, before he decides whether to play in the larger tournaments again. “I intend to play in some smaller events and come December or January; I’ll have a better idea what I want to be doing and whether my heart’s still in it.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan looked back on this past year, “Last year was some of the best snooker I ever played. This year my long game was off and my safety wasn’t as good as it was last year, probably because I haven’t played in any events and had lost some ring-craft.”

O’Sullivan defeated several contenders before reaching this year’s final, not losing a single session and he has kept his 100% record in finals after winning his fifth title. Other professionals are calling O’Sullivan the best player the sport has ever seen, but he does not agree with his fellow players. The English snooker player said, “Stephen Hendry is still for me by far the greatest player. He was awesome.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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