Tearful Ronnie O’Sullivan wins seventh title after World Championship win over Judd Trump
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the oldest champion in Crucible history after seeing off Judd Trump 18-13. The win saw O’Sullivan join Stephen Hendry on seven world titles – and on the form he has shown this fortnight in Sheffield, an eighth could soon follow. O’Sullivan won his first world title in 2001, also winning snooker’s biggest prize in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2020 before his triumph over Trump.
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The day was billed as O’Sullivan’s coronation after he sailed into a 12-5 lead on Sunday, but a nightmare third session saw Trump close the gap to 14-11 and begin dreaming of writing his own Crucible legend.
Whichever O’Sullivan had turned up on Monday afternoon was not on show in the evening as the sport's two heavyweights belatedly shined at the same time – Trump rediscovering his magic from distance, O’Sullivan showing off unrivalled cue ball control.
Trump will have known that a 12-5 comeback was perfectly achievable, namely because Mark Williams pulled it off against him in the semi-finals. Trump had watched in horror as 12-5 became 15-16, with only two ballsy cross-doubles in the deciding frame seeing him emerge victorious.
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Those with tickets for the fourth session were likely wondering if they would get any snooker, with Trump needing to win three frames on Monday afternoon simply to force a finale. He did much more than that as he took the session 6-2 to slice the gap to three – aided by the most ridiculous of flukes in the final frame.
But overturning a seven-frame deficit against arguably the greatest frontrunner the game has seen was always going to be a steep task and O’Sullivan put his earlier wobbles quickly aside to win the 26th frame in one visit with a break of 82.
Trump thundered home three delicious reds to start the 27th frame – the third finally settling him amongst the balls. But as it had at so many moments on Sunday, he let himself down with much easier shots from close-range as he botched a black into the bottom corner. O’Sullivan swooped in with an 88 contribution. He was two away.
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Trump belatedly got on the board in the session with a knock of 64, setting up a tantalising final frame before the interval. The 2019 champion was first on the scoreboard with a magnificent cross-double into the middle pocket, but his follow-up on the brown found the jaws as Trump continued to be allergic to potting anything that was not red. O’Sullivan broke down on 16 attempting a double of his own, but was soon allowed back to the table and another half-century, this time a 75, saw him move within a frame of the trophy.
Trump returned from the interval in the knowledge he would have to win six frames without reply to win a second title. He produced another majestic long red at the start of the 30th frame before a series of smart pots bailed him out after he ran out of position. He eventually broke down on 38 but an O'Sullivan error and free ball soon allowed him back in to deliver the 109th century of the tournament – a new record – to tick off task one out of six.
But his challenge would end there as O’Sullivan delivered a trademark knock of 85 in the 31st frame to seal a five-frame victory, a seventh trophy and a £500,000 winner’s cheque. The scenes with Trump in the aftermath will live long in the memory – as will his emotional interview in the Eurosport studio.
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