Monday, November 12, 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan wins Champion of Champions

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 32 non-ranking title on Sunday, beating Kyren Wilson in a dramatic decider.

Early lead

After losing the first frame, The Rocket reached quite easily a 5-1 advantage in the first session, which eventually ended 6-3 and had only 4 frames to win the trophy. Wilson fought back and, amazingly, lead 9-8 and a 67 break when he missed a red, a miss which turned into a frame for O'Sullivan.

Dramatic decider

At 9-9, both players committed faults (Wilson pocketed a red with the black ball) while O'Sullivan touched a red ball with his waistcoat.
Eventually, O'Sullivan won the frame with a century break (no 968 in his career) and snatched the trophy for the third time. Watch below the decider between Ronnie and Kyren:

After the match

Ronnie O'Sullivan: "We didn't play great. I know he can play better and I know I can play better. For me, I am just pleased to be competing. If I win I win and, if I don't, I don't. It's just nice to be playing. I was lucky. He should've won it. I got away with that double."

Kyren Wilson: "It's hard. He was my hero growing up. I just wanted to make a bit of a fight of it and it was a bit of sickener to lose like that. At the interval, I just thought I want to make a fight of it and have a bit of a close match"
Both players will be attending the Northern Ireland Open this week, in Belfast.