Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan storms to another major title with his latest majestic display

Ronnie O'Sullivan claims he is focused on his game with the World Championships looming on the horizon
Ronnie O'Sullivan claims he is focused on his game with the World Championships looming on the horizon

Ronnie O'Sullivan secured his maiden World Grand Prix title with a convincing 10-3 victory over Ding Junhui at Preston's Guild Hall.

The five-time world champion produced some of his best snooker when it mattered most with an early break of 71 to take the opener but Ding was also in fine form with runs of 53 and 68 to go 2-2 at the mid-session interval.

However, clearances of 124, 105 and 120 helped the world number two into a 6-3 lead at the end of the afternoon session before runs of 46 and 44 in the first frame of the evening extended O'Sullivan's advantage to 7-3.

O'Sullivan ran riot to take the next two frames, needing just one more for his 32nd ranking event crown and the 42-year-old sealed it in style by rattling in an 83 break to complete the rout.

"It is nice to be playing, competing and having fun," O'Sullivan told ITV Sport. "I re-dedicated myself to the sport before last year's Worlds and put the work in and I have had a few results.

"I haven't played since the Masters (in mid-January) so I came here cold and I got lucky this week."

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