Saturday 20 October 2018

Grand Prix cruise for O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates after winning the final match against Judd Trump. Photo: Getty Images
Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates after winning the final match against Judd Trump. Photo: Getty Images

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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 (pictured) 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 No 2 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.

O'Sullivan had said earlier in the week that he was more confident of beating Ding than the other semi-finalist Mark Selby - whom Ding beat 6-5 in the last four.

"I would rather play Ding because Selby is going to kill me," O'Sullivan admitted before yesterday's final.

However, speaking afterwards, he paid tribute to his opponent after the final, saying: "I'm very pleased to win this tournament. I just want to say well done to Ding, he's had a fantastic tournament and he's a great player."

Irish Independent

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