Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised to victory

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Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised to victory in the Welsh Open final on Sunday and did it in the only style the master knows how with a 147 beak in the final frame.

The world number one, who now has 26 ranking titles to his name, was in formidable form in Newport and raced into a 7-1 lead at the end of the first session, leaving Ding Junhui with little hope of pulling off a comeback.

O’Sullivan did see his opponent pull back a couple of frames but the evening was all about the ‘The Rocket’ as he managed to clean up in style to secure the title.

Playing right-handed for much of the final frame, the 38-year-old took the final black left-handed to seal £12,000 for the 147 break and £60,000 for the tournament.

The Newport crowd were not the only ones to be impressed by O’Sullivan’s display and Ding was full of praise for the Englishman, especially after the maximum in the final frame.

He said: “Ronnie plays very good all the time and I watched his matches when I was little.

“I enjoyed it and it was a nice 147 for him. I learnt as much as I could in this final and hopefully I can be better next time.”

Undoubtedly Ding is going to be a big star in the game and having won 39 of his previous 41 ranking matches before the tournament in Wales, the future looks bright for the 26-year-old Chinese star.

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