Ronnie O’Sullivan looks set to record one of the greatest comebacks in sport, and retain his World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.
The Liverpool born player, briefly retired from the game last year, as he felt he no longer had the interest and hunger to compete. However, he showed this week that form is temporary and class is permanent as he surged ahead of First-time finalist Barry Hawkins in the final of the competition.
O’Sullivan trailed 2-0 early on, but breaks of 76, 113 and 100 gave him a 5-3 advantage ahead of the evening session. Hawkins battled back and took three further frames but the more experienced player ended the session leading 10-7.
It is believed that this will be O’Sullivans swansong in the tournament, and if that is the case, he will be keen to depart on a high. This is O’Sullivan’s fifth World Championship final and he has yet to lose one. He is also aiming to be the first man since Stephen Hendry in 1996 to successfully defend the title in Sheffield.