Sunday 4 December 2016

O'Sullivan struggling to find motivation for sixth title

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'When you’ve won it five times and you’ve won everything else then you don’t really get that excited about it.'
Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'When you’ve won it five times and you’ve won everything else then you don’t really get that excited about it.'

Ronnie O'Sullivan admitted his motivations have changed when it comes to winning the World Snooker Championship after easing into the quarter-finals with a 13-5 victory over Matthew Stevens.

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The five-time world champion needed to win just one frame to book his place in the last eight where he will face Stuart Bingham, although Stevens, who was suffering from a neck injury, won the first frame of the final session before O'Sullivan powered through with a run of 77.

Following the simple conclusion to the match, O'Sullivan revealed he has a much calmer approach in his bid to win a sixth world title.

When asked if he still felt the same buzz going for his sixth world title as he did for his first, O'Sullivan said: "No, not really. When you've won it five times and you've won everything else then you don't really get that excited about it.

"For me I'm just happy to still be playing but nah, I don't get excited like I used to when I was going for one, two, threes and fours. You're just kind of hungry for it.

"I've kind of settled at five. It's not a bad innings and if I can add to that, that's great, but you kind of lose motivation in the end. It's not the same kind of motivation, it's a different kind of motivation. A lot calmer, more relaxed about everything."

In the other match which finished in the evening session, Neil Robertson came through 13-5 against Ali Carter to line up a last eight meeting with Barry Hawkins.

Robertson crossed the line in style with a break of 145 - the highest in the tournament so far - to claim victory after leading 11-5 overnight.

World number six Judd Trump is also through after completing a 13-8 win over Marco Fu with a brilliant century. Trump , the 2011 runner-up, rattled off a complete clearance of 133 to end the resistance of Fu and book a date with Ding Junhui in the last eight.

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