O’Sullivan beats Carter to lift World Crown

RONNIE O’Sullivan secured his fourth world title tonight after beating Ali Carter in the World Championship Final.

The Rocket only needed an hour in tonight’s final session to wrap up a comfortable 18-11 win over his Essex rival and become one of very few players to win the title on at least four occasions – joining the likes of Joe Davis, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Ray Reardon and John Higgins.

Leading 15-10 from this afternoon’s session, breaks of 22 and 70 gave O’Sullivan the perfect start to move six frames ahead at 16-10.

A determined Carter kept his slim hopes of victory alive with a run of 64 in the 27th frame to go 16-11 behind.

But O’Sullivan was in no mood to rest on his laurels and two visits to the table helped him to regain his mighty six-frame advantage to go just one frame away from the winning post.

Then the inevitable happened in the next frame as a cracking pot on a red to the left middle pocket set up the new world number 9 a chance to seal the match. He did not disappoint and a fluent break of 61 won him the match and the championship.

O’Sullivan’s driven focus and quality of play over the past seventeen days has been a joy to watch and is a fully deserved winner of the trophy and the £250,000 winning prize.

Credit must also go to Carter who has had a superb tournament given the problems he has had to face this season in terms of health and lack of form.

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