‘Tough’ for Rocket to claim Crucible glory

Ronnie O’Sullivan admitted that winning a third consecutive World Championship crown will be a tough ask after claiming the Masters title on Sunday night (O’Sullivan 9/4 Tournament Outright).

The 38-year-old star was at his imperious best against Mark Selby at Alexandra Palace and, having opened up a 7-1 lead in the first session, duly completed the victory 10-4 in the evening to add yet another success to his CV.

The ‘Rocket’ no longer plays a full schedule on the circuit and won the 2013 Crucible title having missed the entire season, and he will make only a handful of appearances this term as well.

The Essex cue-man has suffered with depression for some time and has threatened to quit the sport on a number of occasions but he now seems back in love with the sport and ready to add another world title to the five that he already owns.

But, with the likes of Neil Robertson (6/1) and Selby (8/1) still around and gunning for the biggest prize in the sport, the ‘Essex Exocet’ insists he will be taking nothing for granted in Sheffield.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Seventeen days is hard to hold it together, anything can happen and we will see what happens.”

But despite playing down his chances, O’Sullivan warned his rivals that, when he heads out onto the green baize, he means business.

“I’ve had a couple of worlds on the bounce, the Champions Cup, this one and when I’ve been playing, I’ve been consistent.”

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