With Ronnie O’Sullivan and presence Trump, the audience at The Crucible has come to the end of their dreams. The two sexiest players in the ring were vying for the world title: O’Sullivan went in seventh – equaling the record of Stephen Hendry, Trump in second.
This opportunity in a piece of snooker history seemed to have inspired O’Sullivan on the opening Sunday of the final. Even an incident with the Belgian referee couldn’t upset The Rocket, allowing him to enter Day Two by a 12-5 lead. The dispute appears to have already been settled.
But with their backs against the wall, the genius of the world’s best players often floats to the top. As demonstrated by Trump, who kicked off a seemingly impossible catch-up race on Monday. With a high-quality snooker, he was bit by bit nibbling his frailty, which he was able to reduce to just three frames: 14-11.
The final evening session had to decide and O’Sullivan had the best start. Trump couldn’t avoid stress mistakes, Rocket wanted that to happen. With two frames in a row, he cleared his last doubts: 16-12.
Trump had hoped for a miracle, but it never happened. At 17-13, the emotional O’Sullivan finished with a broken 85. The phenomenon takes its seventh world title, equaling Stephen Hendry’s record.
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