Ronnie O’Sullivan becomes six-time world snooker champion
TASS, August 16. Englishman Ronnie O’Sullivan beat compatriot Kyren Wilson in the final match of the World Snooker Championship. The competition has traditionally been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.
The final match ended with an 18-8 win over 44-year-old O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan beat his opponent in the World Cup final for the third time with such a score. In the last 30 years, the final with a more crushing score ended once (in 1993, Hendry beat White 18-5). O’Sullivan was seeded sixth in the tournament, with three-time world champion Englishman Mark Selby (beaten in the decisive frame in the semi-finals), three-time world champion Welshman Mark Williams and World Championship finalist Chinese Ding Junhui.
In the main part of the tournament, four-time world champion from Scotland John Higgins made the maximum break (scored 147 points in one approach). O’Sullivan (12) also led the tournament in the hundreds of series. In qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in history, a Russian player performed. Ivan Kakovsky lost in the first round to six-time world championship finalist, 58-year-old Jimmy White, who has never won a tournament.
The championship was postponed due to coronavirus, initially, the qualification was scheduled for April 8-15, the final competitions were to be held from April 18 to May 4. All matches, with the exception of the final, were held without spectators.
O’Sullivan won the title for the sixth time (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020) and came in second place in the number of victories at the world championships in the modern format, in which tournaments are held since 1969. O’Sullivan shares second place in the number of championships wins with Englishman Steve Davis and Welshman Ray Reardon, leading the way in world championships victory Scot Stephen Hendry, who has seven trophies.
O’Sullivan began his professional career in 1992, winning his 37th career ranking and becoming a leader in this indicator, overtaking Hendry. 19 years have passed between O’Sullivan’s first and last championship, which is the biggest difference (previously such as the asset of three-time world champion Welshman Mark Williams (18 years), whom O’Sullivan beat in the quarterfinals of the World Cup – 2020). O’Sullivan is a member of the Triple Crown Club, which includes players who have won major snooker tournaments – the World Cup, the British Open and the Masters (it includes 11 snooker players in total), with O’Sullivan winning the most titles – 20.
Wilson, 28, was seeded eighth and played in the final for the first time. Wilson has won three ranking tournaments, and at the 2020 World Championships, he was the second-most in the number of hundreds of series (8). In the quarterfinals, Wilson beat last year’s champion Judd Trump and did not let him lift the “curse of Crucible” (no snooker player since the beginning of the world championships in “Crucible” in 1977 failed to defend the title after the first victory, the closest to success came Englishman Joe Johnson and Irishman Ken Doherty, who reached the final).