Ronnie O’Sullivan became only the second player in snooker’s history to win 30 major ranking events after he brushed aside Judd Trump in a one-sided Shanghai Masters final.
The five-times world champion continued his superb run of form this season to win the China based ranking event for the second time in his career – beating Trump emphatically 10-3.
That’s now 30 ranking titles in O’Sullivan’s name, putting him in second place in the all-time list of number of ranking titles of won – closing the gap on leader Stephen Hendry who won 36 ranking titles.
And judging by this form O’Sullivan has a great chance of climbing to the top of that list it if he continues playing for the next couple of years at least.
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN’S IMPRESSIVE SEASON SO FAR (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Hong Kong Masters (Invitational) Runner Up
China Championship (Ranking) Quarter-Final
English Open (Ranking) Winner
International Championship (Ranking) Last 64
Champion of Champions (Invitational) Runner Up
Shanghai Masters (Ranking) Winner
He came into the tournament in superb form having won the English Open at a canter last month and just days ago reached the final of the Champion of Champions, only to lose to Shaun Murphy.
But the disappointment of the Coventry final last Sunday will no doubt have eased off as he brutally dominated the 64-man fleet in Shanghai and deservedly won his paycheck for £150,000 – proving once again when he’s on form not many can stop him.
Trump, whose run to the final has seen him climb back to number two in the world rankings, went into the final off the back of a brilliant run winning more than 20 frames in a row completing three whitewash wins before beating Jack Lisowski in the semi-finals.
But he had no answer to a majestic O’Sullivan who took the match by the scruff of the neck winning the first seven frames to take a commanding lead of 7-0 going into the opening’s session final two frames.
Luckily for Trump he managed to win them to give himself a glimmer of hope going into the interval 7-2 behind but still with a mountain to climb.
However a break of 108 after the restart got O’Sullivan back on track and despite Trump winning the next frame, O’Sullivan then won the next two to seal the match with still half a session to spare.
It was O’Sullivan’s first success in the Shanghai since winning the event back in 2009 when he beat Liang Wenbo in the final 10-5.
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN’S ROUTE TO SHANGHAI GLORY
R1 beat Christopher Keogan 5-0
R2 beat Gary Wilson 5-0
R3 beat Joe Perry 5-1
R4 beat Bary Hawkins 5-0
Quarter-Final beat Mark Williams 5-1
Semi-Final beat John Higgins 6-2
Final beat Judd Trump 10-3
O’Sullivan will hope to continue his form next week when he competes in the Northern Ireland Open.