O’Sullivan hails latest Welsh Open title as one of his best in his career

WELSH OPEN winner Ronnie O’Sullivan has said the last week has been one of his best of his playing career.

The snooker superstar pulled off a brilliant comeback victory over the world number three Neil Robertson to claim his 28th ranking title – equaling John Higgins and Steve Davis.

Ronnie O'Sullivan. Picture by Monique Limbos

Ronnie O’Sullivan. Picture by Monique Limbos

O’Sullivan, winner of the World Championship five times, said he was pleased with his performances levels this week and felt he had notched it up from his didplays at The Masters last month.

“I feel like it’s been one of my best weeks as a professional,” he said after claiming his fourth Welsh Open title.

“I’ve played so much better this week than I did in the Masters and feel I found some fluency and even if I lost I still think I would have had a great week.

“Neil is definitely the best player in the world at the moment and I’m just I have been able to compete with him. Neil is right (in post match presentation speech) he missed some chances but I just had to dig in, stay in there and make him earn it and keep him honest.

“To be honest I feel shattered. I think I need a month’s break to recharge my batteries and give Sheffield (the World Championship) a good go because that’s the one which everyone wants.”

Robertson, who was bidding to win his second Welsh Open title, said losing the first few frames in the evening session was key to his 9-5 loss.

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

“The first two frames tonight, I should never have lost those,” he said. “I missed a tricky pink in the middle and a really tricky red in the middle, two shots that caught the jaws. If they go in I go on to win the frame.

“From 5-5 he gathered pace and he is pretty hard to stop. Overall I had a good week, but losing any final is tough to take. I’ve won my previous two finals so the law of averages will say that I’m probably going to lose one.”

 

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