Rocket to prey on the weak

Ronnie O’Sullivan admits he looks for signs of weakness in his opponents as he continues his preparation for the upcoming World Championship (O’Sullivan 11/8 Outright Winner).

The 38-year-old has already arrived in Sheffield to fine-tune his game ahead of the defence of his Crucible title and has been playing with 16-year-old Latvian hot-shot Rodion Judin.

The ‘Rocket’ has won the prestigious title on five previous occasions and is looking for his third straight success in south Yorkshire after another shortened but successful season.

He has already claimed the Welsh Open and the Masters but it is the World Championship that the West Midlands-born ace desires most as he looks to equal the number of wins by the legendary Steve Davis.

He has been training hard ahead of the tournament and is as fit as he has ever been, and the ‘Essex Exocet’ believes that it gives him an advantage over some of the other players who might wilt during a long event.

He said: “By the time you get to the quarter-finals you can walk into the practice room and go, ‘He’s done, he’s got a little bit left in him, he’s certainly done’.

“You can see in their demeanour, their body language, I pick up on things like that.”

Likely challengers include former champion Neil Robertson (15/2), Chinese star Ding Junhui (8/1) and 2011 finalist Judd Trump (10/1).

And O’Sullivan admits that he will look to prey on an opponent’s frailties when the business end of the event gets underway.

“When it goes down to a one table set-up, things get so more intense and you’re always looking for a chink in someone’s armour,” he added.

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