Ronnie O’Sullivan equals Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles

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Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record-equalling seventh world title with his victory over Judd Trump.


Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Judd Trump 18-13 to win the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible in Sheffield, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles; the 46-year-old, who won his first in 2001, becomes the oldest ever winner of the championship


Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record-equalling seventh World Snooker Championship as he beat Judd Trump 18-13 in front of a capacity crowd at the Crucible in Sheffield.

With the victory, the 46-year-old matches Stephen Hendry’s record haul of seven world titles, while he also becomes the oldest ever winner, beating Ray Reardon who was 45 in claiming the crown in 1978.

O’Sullivan, who secured a sizeable 12-5 lead heading into Monday’s final two sessions, had to hold off a Trump fightback in the afternoon as the 2019 winner claimed six of the first eight frames to pull to within three of ‘The Rocket’.

But O’Sullivan won the first two frames of the evening session to again earn himself a handy cushion. Trump responded by clinching two of the next three, the second of those a fabulous century break – the 109th of the tournament, breaking the record for the most ever at the championship.

It would not, however, prompt a remarkable Trump turnaround as O’Sullivan wrapped up a memorable triumph with a masterful break of 85 in the sixth frame of the night.


O’Sullivan, who was in tears after clinching victory and shared a long embrace with Trump and his family, described his victory as “probably my greatest result I’ve ever had”.

He told the BBC: “As far as I’m concerned, this fella [Trump] is already an all-time great.

“The way he plays the game, he just plays such dynamic snooker, and to put up with that pressure for two days – even when he’s not playing well you think he’s just going to spark into action, so you’re kind of having to be on your guard at
all time.

“I tried to be as relaxed as I could, but that’s probably my greatest result I’ve ever had.”


Ronnie O’Sullivan hailed his seventh world snooker final win as his ‘greatest result’.


He added: “I’ve never bothered about records. I’ve never performed well if I’m going for stuff like that.

“I just try to enjoy the game, compete, enjoy being on the circuit, try to enjoy what I do and work hard at my game and then you just let the snooker gods decide what they are going to decide. These 17 days they were on my side.”


Judd Trump had fought his way back into contention after winning Monday’s afternoon session 6-2.


Trump won the opening three frames on Monday, and really should have won all four before the mid-session interval. Having compiled a break of 45, he missed an ambitious plant to the middle pocket and O’Sullivan duly cleared to the pink to limit the damage.

Trump quickly rattled off back-to-back frames upon the resumption, the latter of which saw O’Sullivan trickle a red into the jaws of the top pocket and Trump nervously clear to pink to make it 13-10.


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