Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ronnie O'Sullivan hails competiveness of snooker

Former world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan believes professional snooker is as competitive as it's ever been and only wishes he was still fighting it out for major titles.

He pointed to the rise of Mark Selby, who is currently world number one, but also pointed out that being at the top of the rankings is not guarantee that he is going to sweep everything before him.

"There's Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui. There are eight or nine players who are winning everything, and I'm not one of them," he said.

He added that John Higgins and Mark Williams are still competing at the highest level, which means it's not all about young talent, although he admitted his star has faded somewhat. Those looking at the latest online Snooker World Championship odds should remember this.

O'Sullivan has not one a major title since the 2009 Shanghai Masters and although he has 22 ranking trophies he feels he should have added more to his collection through the years.

His issues both on and off the baize have been well documented and in the past he has considered quitting the game completely.

However, he now seems reinvigorated and although he has criticised some aspects of World Snooker chief Barry Hearn's changes to the game, the more competitive nature of the sport has been driving him on.

O'Sullivan has also been working with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who seems to have boosted the player's enthusiasm for the game.

The former world number one will start his UK Snooker Championship campaign with a first round match against qualifier Steve Davis.

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