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Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘undecided’ during Crucible’s semi-final victory over John Higgins

Betfred World Snooker Championship 2022 - Day 14

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Image: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan said there were a number of issues that made him ‘unresolved’ in his final session against John Higgins, despite finishing a comfortable 17-11 win over his old rival in the World Cup semi-finals.

The Rocket booked his place in the Crucible final, where he will meet Judd Trump in an attempt to win a seventh world title and equal Stephen Hendry’s record in doing so.

After a difficult opening session where both players struggled with the conditions, O’Sullivan largely dominated the competition, with Higgins fighting for his best form throughout.

The fine win for Rocket was by no means tarnished, but he said he was put off by a few things in the final session Saturday night.

The 46-year-old said his seat was wet in the arena, leaving him “wet”, he forgot his chalk and also claimed he did not have a changing room available when he arrived at Crucible.

O’Sullivan explained his problems to Eurosport and said: ‘It [his chair] must have been wet before I sat down and was drenched, it must have been wet from before.

‘I actually have to bring a hair dryer because someone has wet my seat.

‘When I showed up at the place to get into my locker room, I did not even have a locker room. I was a little uneasy tonight, to be honest with you.

‘I forgot my chalk, it was not an ideal preparation.’

Clearly, none of these problems held him back when he reached an eighth World Cup final, nor a self-inflicted problem in this tournament.

A documentary about Rocket is being filmed during this World Cup, and he revealed after the semifinals that he has been microphoneed in his vest throughout the event.

Extra pockets have been sewn into his vest, and although he admits it is not useful to play, the results should be entertaining.

“I actually get the microphone while I play because we’re making this documentary,” O’Sullivan revealed on Eurosport. ‘You can literally hear everything out there.

‘When this documentary comes out, you’ll be hearing all sorts of things. The guy who does it says it’s incredible. For any snooker fan out there … I’ve enjoyed it throughout the tournament. I’ve had them after me everywhere. ‘

Asked if it has caused problems with playing, he said: “A little bit, but I do not care, I thought, if we have to do it, then let’s do it properly, let’s go for it. I’ve got pockets in the west for that. ‘

O’Sullivan and Trump are sure to be an exciting World Cup final of the highest quality and kick off at 1pm on Sunday 1 May in Crucible.

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