Ronnie O’Sullivan has equalized Stephen Hendry’s record of seven World Snooker Championship titles, thanks to an 18-13 victory over Judd Trump in Crucible.
The Rocket has been considered by many to be the greatest player of all time for some years already, and now he has part of the world championship record that debate seems to be over.
The 46-year-old becomes the oldest winner ever of the sport’s biggest event, breaking the record set by Ray Reardon in 1978 when he was 45.
O’Sullivan entered the tournament as the world number one and remains at the top of the rankings thanks to the £ 500,000 top prize he pants in Sheffield.
It’s an incredible record that Rocket has in the Crucible finals, winning seven of the eight he has appeared in, beaten only by Mark Selby in 2014.
Much of the work for Rocket was done Sunday night as he created a leading lead in the second session of the match.
After finishing Sunday afternoon 5-3 ahead, O’Sullivan claimed that seven of the next nine frames took a 12-5 lead, making a century and six and a half centuries while he had progress and Trump struggled.
Trump, however, deserves a lot of credit for how he reacted Monday afternoon when he recovered from the gruesome position thanks to winning the third session 6-2 and keeping the game alive, with two centuries to go.
With O’Sullivan 14-11 ahead, it looked like it would be a tense last session, but Rocket won the first two frames in fairly short order with breaks of 82 and 88.
On the final of 17 days of action, the two leading men were not fluttering as the quality remained enormous. Trump struck back with a break of 64, but Rocket responded again with a 75 to go into the interval in the middle of the session 17-12 ahead.
Trump took a break of 109 in today’s 30th frame, kept the game alive and surpassed the previous record of the number of centuries in the World Cup, oddly enough, and set the new record of 109.
However, it was the last bit of joy for Esset at this year’s World Cup, as O’Sullivan fought hard to create a chance for himself in the next and made the most of it with a break of 85 to win the frame, match and title.
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