Ronnie O’Sullivan broke into tears after winning the World Snooker Championship for a record-equalling seventh time on Monday. O’Sullivan defeated Judd Trump 18-13 at the Crucible and was emotional after a result he dubbed the “greatest” of his glittering career.
O’Sullivan had led 12-5 overnight but saw his advantage cut to 14-11 going into Monday’s evening session. But he won four of the six final frames in the final session to draw level with the great Stephen Hendry on seven crowns.
He is the oldest World Championship winner ever at 46 years and 122 days old, beating Ray Reardon. The Welshman was 45 years and 203 days old when he was triumphant for the sixth time in 1978.
O’Sullivan said: “As far as I’m concerned this fella [Trump] is already an all-time great the way he plays the game. I tried to be as relaxed as I could but that it probably the greatest result I’ve had against somebody like Judd.
“I’ve never bothered about records – when you get them, it’s kinda nice, I’ve never performed well if going for that, I’ve just tried to enjoy my game.”
Runner-up Trump admitted to BBC: “I want to say massive congratulations to Ronnie. Its’ been a pleasure to share a table with him. It’s an amazing achievement and he’s the best player of all time.
“He keeps getting better and better. His determination and dedication are clear to see. He’s been the best player this tournament by quite a distance. I was just glad to make a match out of it.”
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