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O’Sullivan eyes another world title after Welsh Open win

PUBLISHED: 09:50 22 February 2016

Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Welsh Open title in Cardiff (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Welsh Open title in Cardiff (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

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Chigwell snooker player hopeful of a sixth success at the Crucible in May after triumphing in Cardiff

Ronnie O’Sullivan is now targeting a sixth World Championship title after continuing his superlative form to wrap up the Welsh Open in Cardiff on Sunday evening.

The Chigwell cueman has looked imperious all week at the Motorpoint Arena and despite finding himself trailing Neil Robertson 5-2 in the showpiece, he spectacularly reeled off seven frames in a row to triumph 9-5.

O’Sullivan made a 141 break – his highest of the match – in the final frame to seal a record-equalling fourth Welsh Open title, while also moving joint-second on the all-time list alongside John Higgins and Steve Davis with 28 ranking titles.

The 40-year-old, who has won five world titles in his illustrious career, is still unbeaten in 2016 after lifting the Masters trophy last month and is adamant that his form is improving at each tournament.

“I’m pleased, I’ve had a fantastic week and played so much better than I did at the Masters,” said O’Sullivan. “I struggled at the Masters but felt like I found some fluency this week.

“Even if I had lost today, I would have still had a great week – the fans have been amazing and everyone has been great.

“It’s great equal John Higgins with four Welsh Opens but it would feel better if I win it five times!

“To be honest, I feel shattered and I need a month to recharge the batteries so that I can give Sheffield a good push because that’s the one everyone wants to win.”

Aside from O’Sullivan, Robertson had been the form player this season – winning the UK Championship and Champion of Champions event.

The Cambridge-based Australian was clinical on Sunday afternoon to move 5-2 ahead with breaks of 78, 76 and 77 before the new world No.4 responded brilliantly.

O’Sullivan actually failed to produce a century until his spectacular 141 in the last, which was his fifth break of 140 or more in the tournament.

And he acknowledged that the 9-5 final scoreline flattered to deceive slightly.

“The scoreline is kind of irrelevant when you’re talking about me and Neil because it’s normally one visit per frame and if someone gets momentum they can knock four or five frames in on the spin,” added O’Sullivan.

“You just try to stay in there, try to stay patient and if you can get a bit of momentum, you are trying to put the other player under pressure.

“Neil had his chances but I kept hanging in there – if he was going to win it, he was going to have to earn it.”

Eurosport is the Home of Snooker, showing 19 tournaments per season, including the World Championship, UK Championship, Welsh Open and the Masters, as well as the exclusive series ‘The Ronnie O’Sullivan Show’.


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