NEWLY-CROWNED Masters champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed he wants to win the World Championship in his 40’s.
The 38-year-old secured his fifth Masters title last night (Sunday) in ruthless fashion beating Mark Selby 10-4 at London’s Alexandra Palace.
But O’Sullivan, who has won snooker’s World Championship title on five occasions, wants even more success as life in the somewhat dreaded forties approaches.
“I have set myself a target of winning the world title when I’m in my 40s,” he said. “Tom Watson (golfer) nearly won the Open at 59.
“I’ve got five World, five Masters and four UKs now and I never dreamed I would do this well. It’s just nice to be playing and competing at 38 because most of the others now are in their late 20s or early 30s.”
O’Sullivan said he was surprised to beat Selby, ranked number 2 in the world, by such a convincing scoreline.
“I expected it to be 10-9 or 10-8 because Mark is such a competitor and there’s not much between us,” he added.
“He (Selby) plays better when he’s behind and you’re never over the line against him until you pot the last ball.
“I missed an awful brown to go 9-1 and then I was concerned he would get it back to 8-4, so I was pleased to win the frame to go 9-3 at the interval. I told myself to just keep competing.
“To beat Mark 10-4 after the epic finals we have had is great. The way I’ve played in the last two years is how I wanted to play for the previous 18.”