RONNIE O’SULLIVAN (1.975)
Ronald Antonio, “Ronnie”, O'Sullivan is a professional snooker player, originally from Chigwell, Essex (England). He is one of the most successful players in the modern history of the sport and is considered by many followers and analysts of the game. (including former world champion and commentator Dennis Taylor) as the most naturally talented player in snooker history. Many critics and experts, like former pro player Neal Foulds, they see him as the best snooker player of all time.
Honours: five times World Champion, five times UK Champion, five-time Masters Champion, three times Welsh Open Champion, four-time Irish Masters Champion (2 times when it was ranking tournament and other 2 when it wasn't ranking), twice Champion of the China Open, twice Champion of the German Masters, twice Scottish Open Champion, Shanghai Masters champion, Champion of the German Open, World Grand Prix champion, British Open Champion, Dubai Classic Champion, Northern Ireland Trophy Champion, Malta Cup Champion, ten-time Premier League Champion, three-time Scottish Masters Champion, twice Champion of Champions Champion, twice Champion Cup Champion…
O'Sullivan made his first hundred at 10 years and his first maximum break at 15. He turned professional at 1.992, to the 16 years, and soon earned the nickname of “The Rocket”, due to his fast playing style. His first great success came when he won the UK Championship in 1.993 at the age of 17 years and 358 days, becoming the youngest player to win a professional ranking tournament, a record that still holds. He is also the youngest player to have won the Masters, after having won his first title in 1.995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days.
His record in Triple Crown events is: five World Championships, five Masters and five UK Championship titles. Your total 27 ranking titles in his career ranks him third along with John Higgins (behind Stephen Hendry, with 36, and Steve Davis, with 28). O'Sullivan has ranked number one in the world on multiple occasions, the last one during the season 2.009/2.010. His other achievements include ten Premier League titles and winning the Nations Cup with England in 2.000.
Known for being an expert and prolific break builder, O’Sullivan has the following records in competition: the one with more hundreds, with 794; the one with maximum breaks, with 13; and the the 147 faster, in 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
O’Sullivan's achievements in snooker started at a young age. He made his first hundred (117) to the 10 years, completed its first full table cleanup (142) to the 12 years and became the British Under-16 Champion at 13 years. He made his television debut in the Thames Snooker Classic when he was 14 years, with Steve Davis as match commentator. He got his first maximum break in the British Amateur Championships in 1.991 to the 15 years, and won the IBSF U21 World Championship in the same year. He turned professional at 1.992, to the 16 years.
O’Sullivan started the season 1.992/1.993 winning 74 his 76 first matches as a professional, including a streak of 38 consecutive victories, a record that still stands. In the qualifying phase for the Grand Prix he defeated Jason Curtis 5-0 in a time of 43 minutes and 36 seconds, setting the current record for the fastest match to the best of 9 frames. After this Alan Hughes gave him the nickname of “The Rocket”. In September 1.992, with 16 years, became the youngest player to qualify for the World Championship. He made his debut in the Crucible on 18 April 1.993, at the age of 17 years and 134 days, and he is still the third youngest player ever to compete in place, behind Luca Brecel and Stephen Hendry. Lost 7-10 vs. Alan McManus in the first round. O’Sullivan was named WPBSA Young Player of the Year for the year 1.993.
In season 1.993/1.994 O’Sullivan derrotó a Hendry 10-6 in the final of the UK Championship and thus win his first title in the ranking. With 17 years and 358 days he became the youngest winner of a ranking tournament.
He faced Hendry again in the final of the European Open, but he lost 5-9. He won his second ranking title at the British Open by defeating James Wattana 9-4 in the end. He reached the second round of the World Championship, but he lost 3-13 against John Parrott. Also reached the semifinals of the Dubai Classic. At the start of the season I had the job 57 in the world ranking, at the end it had risen to the number 9, and was named WPBSA Player of the Year for 1.994.
O’Sullivan did not win any ranking titles during the season. 1.994/1.995, but he had consistently strong performances, reaching the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix, del UK Championship y del Welsh Open; the semifinals of the Dubai Classic and the European Open; and the final of the Thailand Open and the British Open. He achieved his first Masters title by defeating John Higgins 9-3 in the end, becoming the youngest player to win the tournament at the age of 19 years and 69 days. He also reached his first quarterfinals of the World Championship, but he lost 8- 13 contra Hendry. Towards the end of his third season as a professional, O'Sullivan was ranked number 3 in the world ranking, behind Hendry and Davis.
In season 1.995/1.996 O’Sullivan reached the UK Championship quarterfinals, but he lost 7-9 ante Andy Hicks. He reached the final of the Masters, but he lost 5-10 contra Hendry. He reached his first semifinals of the World Championship, but he lost 14-16 frente a Peter Ebdon. The Snooker Governing Body found O’Sullivan guilty of physically assaulting Mike Ganley during the event.. For this he was sanctioned with two years of suspension, a fine of 20.000 pounds and was "advised" to donate 10.000 pounds for charity.
In season 1.996/1.997 O’Sullivan won two ranking titles, el Asian Classic (by defeating Brian Morgan 9-8 in the end), and the German Open (al derrotar a Alain Robidoux 9-7 in the end). In February 1.997 reached his third consecutive Masters final, where he faced Davis. After O'Sullivan took the first two frames with two hundred (116 Y 113), the third frame was interrupted by exhibitionist Lianne Crofts. Davis indicated, later, that the incident affected the concentration of O’Sullivan, which allowed Davis to get back into the game. The afternoon session ended with a draw to 4. O’Sullivan started the night session winning four frames in 49 minutes and get a head start on 8-4, but Davis recovered and won the next six frames and took the title with a victory for 10-8. He 21 April 1.997, while playing against Mick Price in the first round of the World Championship, O'Sullivan did the 147 fastest ever seen in competition in 5 minutes 20 seconds, with a shooting average each 8,8 seconds. This was also his first maximum break in professional competition.. The World Championship came out in the second round, losing 12-13 against Darren Morgan.
In season 1.997/1.998 O’Sullivan won his second UK Championship title by defeating Hendry 10-6 in the end.
In February he reached the quarterfinals of the Masters, but he lost 3-6 with Davis. Later, that same month, won the Scottish Open by defeating John Higgins 9-5 in the end. The following month he defeated Ken Doherty in the final of the Irish Masters, but he was disqualified after a drug test found after the game found marijuana in his body. The title was awarded to Doherty. O’Sullivan reached a second semifinal of the World Championship, but he lost 9-17 contra Higgins.
In season 1.998/1.999 O’Sullivan did not defend his UK Championship title; he withdrew from the tournament shortly before his first round match, with his manager saying that he suffered from physical and nervous exhaustion and that the doctors had ordered him to rest. Other reports noted that O’Sullivan was suffering from depression.. Reached the quarterfinals of the Masters, but he lost 2-6 contra Doherty. In the World Championship he reached his third semifinal in four years, but he was once again denied a place in the final when he lost 13-17 frente a Hendry. During the match, the players made a total of eight hundred, four each. When Hendry made the hundreds of 101 Y 108, in the frames 21 Y 22, O'Sullivan responded with a 134 in the frame 23, narrowly missing the chance to make a 147 when missing the shot on the pink ball. O'Sullivan made a 110 in the frame 24, the fourth frame he won with a hundred.
In season 1.999/2.000 O’Sullivan won two ranking tournaments: el China Open, where he defeated Stephen Lee 9-2 in the end; y el Scottish Open, where he beat Mark Williams 9-1 in the end. For the third consecutive year he was eliminated from the Masters in the quarterfinal phase, losing 3-6 against Parrott. At the O’Sullivan World Championship he was eliminated in the first round, losing 9-10 against David Gray, despite becoming the first player to score five hundred in a best of 19 frames. In October 1.999 did his third 147, at the Grand Prix and in front of Graeme Dott.
During the season 2.000/2.001 O'Sullivan won six tournaments, and reached the final of one more tournament. He won the Champions Cup by defeating Mark Williams by 7-5 in the end, and reached the final of the Grand Prix, but he lost 5-9 contra Williams. Successfully defended his China Open title, by defeating Williams 9-3 in the end. He won the Irish Masters by defeating Stephen Hendry 9-8 in the end. He won his first World Championship, with a victory of 18-14 about John Higgins. O’Sullivan dedicated this triumph to his father. He finished the season by winning the Premier League. After finishing second in the league phase, defeated Higgins 6-3 in the semifinals, y a Hendry 9-7 in the end.
Here is the video of the final of the first World Championship won by Ronnie.
In season 2.001/2.002, O’Sullivan won his third UK Championship title, with a victory of 10-1 about Doherty. In the World Championship of 2.002, he faced Hendry in the semifinals. At the match, O'Sullivan opened a lead of 8-5, but Hendry recovered and put the tie to 12 before the final session. Hendry passed O’Sullivan and won by 17 frames a 13. O’Sullivan ended the season with the defense of his Premier League title.. Having finished first after the league phase, derrotó a Jimmy White 6-2 in the semifinal, y a John Higgins 9-4 in the end. Season started 2.002/2.003 position number 1 world ranking.
O'Sullivan had another successful season in 2.002/2.003, reaching eighths in seven ranking tournaments. He started the season by winning the Scottish Masters, derrotando a John Higgins 9-4 in the end. Came to: LG Cup quarterfinals, losing to later champion Chris Small; eighth of the British Open, losing to Paul Hunter; UK Championship quarterfinals, losing to Drew Henry; and quarterfinals of the Welsh Open, losing to Marco Fu. Then O'Sullivan won two other titles., defeating Hendry in the final of the European Open, and Higgins in the final of the Irish Masters. Scottish Open eighth came, before losing to Ken Doherty. His only first-round loss in a ranking tournament of the season came in the World Championship., when he lost 6-10 counter seed Marco Fu, despite doing 147 at the match. This defeat caused the number to fall 3 ranking. Participated in Premier League, but he lost 4-6 in the semifinal against Fu.
In season 2.003/2.004, O’Sullivan reached three final rankings. He reached the final of the British Open, but he lost 6-9 contra Stephen Hendry. He won the Welsh Open by defeating Steve Davis 9-8. He reached the final of the Masters, but he lost 9-10 contra Paul Hunter, despite having taken advantage of 6-1 Y 9-7. In 2.004, O'Sullivan's father telephoned six-time world champion Ray Reardon, and asked if I could give O’Sullivan some advice. With Reardon's help, O’Sullivan regained his form and won the World Championship of 2.004. He defeated Hendry 17-4 in the semifinals, the most overwhelming defeat in a semifinal of the World Championship. He then defeated Graeme Dott 18-8 in the end, despite losing the first five frames. O’Sullivan blamed Dott's coach for his poor start, Derek Hill, by “Mental games” by visiting his dressing room just before the game. O'Sullivan was number one in the next two seasons.
O’Sullivan started the season 2.004/2.005 winning the Grand Prix, derrotando a Ian McCulloch 9-5 in the end. Then, reached the semifinals of the British Open, losing 1-6 frente a Stephen Maguire. Also lost to him, by 6-9, in the UK. In 2.005, O’Sullivan defended his Welsh Open title, defeating Stephen Hendry by 9-8. During the tournament, O'Sullivan made ten hundreds, including a break from 146, the highest in the tournament.
Then he won his second title at the Masters., by defeating John Higgins by 10-3. After the final, Higgins described O’Sullivan as a “Total genius".
O’Sullivan won his third Irish Masters title, defeating Matthew Stevens for 10-8. Did not participate in the China Open for medical reasons, for which he was criticized by Anthony Hamilton, who said that O’Sullivan had a duty to promote the sport abroad. World Championship, O’Sullivan lost to Peter Ebdon in the quarterfinals. With a 2-8 below, Ebdon started the comeback and finally won 13-11, playing in an exceptionally determined and tenacious style and with many people accusing him of deliberate slow play to disrupt O’Sullivan's fast play. After the match, O'Sullivan told the press that he was unlikely to compete the following season and that perhaps, even, retired from sport definitively. O’Sullivan participated in the Premier League, derrotando a Hendry 5-0 in the semifinals and Williams, by 6-0, in the end. In September 2.005, announced he was going to play a season 2.005/2.006 somewhat truncated, spending some time playing billiards Bola 8 in United States, after being chosen to compete in the elite of the International Pool Tour.
O’Sullivan started the season 2.005/2.006 in the Grand Prix, where he reached the final and lost 2-9 contra John Higgins. In his match against Mark King at the UK Championship, O'Sullivan sat with a wet towel covering his head most of the time, and ended up losing by 8-9. Then, successfully defended his Premier League title. Having finished first in the league phase, defeated Steve Davis 5-3 in the semifinals and Stephen Hendry 6-0 in the end.
O’Sullivan also reached the final of the Masters, but he lost 9-10 contra Higgins. Did not play the Malta Cup, and then lost his first match of the next two ranking tournaments: 1-5 against Ian McCulloch at the Welsh Open and 0-5 against James Wattana at the China Open.
The World Championship of 2.006 started with O'Sullivan defeating Dave Harold for 10-4, followed by a fight until victory for 13-10 in his second round match against Welshman Ryan Day. The quarterfinal match was against Mark Williams. O'Sullivan had the advantage of 10-6 at the start of the final session. Williams took the lead by winning the next five frames, but O'Sullivan remained calm and took the game for 13-11. He faced Graeme Dott in the semifinals. Dott took an early lead before O'Sullivan tied for 8 at the end of the second session. Problems with your cue, who had chased O’Sullivan throughout the tournament, they were repeated, including an incident in which television footage appeared to show O'Sullivan deliberately removing the sole of his heel. This assured him a break from 15 minutes to repair your wad, before going back and taking a break from 124.
The Tournament Director, Mike Ganley accepted the player's claim that the sole of the heel had simply fallen off, and was not reprimanded. The incident drew criticism from his opponent and from Steve Davis and John Parrott. Dott then won all eight frames of the third session., staying one frame away from his second final in three years. After Dott's victory, O'Sullivan gave his cue to a child in the audience. The BBC claimed that it had used at least 21 different soles during the tournament. O’Sullivan, later, stated that he had used seven soles before arriving in Sheffield, and eight others during the week, and he was coming back next season with a new cue. O'Sullivan's decision not to participate in the Malta Cup cost him number one in the ranking for the following season.
On his way to the final of the Northern Ireland Trophy, that lost 6-9 frente a Ding Junhui, defeated Dominic Dale in the semifinal by 6-0, in just 53 minutes (a record for a best of 11 frames).
O’Sullivan reached the Grand Prix quarterfinals, but he lost 1-5 against later champion Neil Robertson. In December 2.006, in his UK Championship quarterfinal match against Hendry, O’Sullivan dramatically conceded the sixth frame. Only 0-4 down after a great start from Hendry. At the beginning of the sixth frame, O'Sullivan made a break from 24. After missing a shot on a red ball, calmly shook Hendry's hand (telling him: “I've had enough, friend“) and the match referee, Jan Verhaas, and came out of the sand, impressing everyone present. The incident caused a slight interruption in the other quarterfinal match, Between Graeme Dott and Steve Davis, that was being played simultaneously. Dott later said he originally thought O'Sullivan and Hendry were having a fight when he heard a person in the audience scream. “Give a push, Ronnie.” Later it was officially confirmed that O'Sullivan had lost the game., awarding it to Hendry for a 9-1. O'Sullivan released a statement later that day., apologizing and saying that “I would come back fighting harder and harder than ever very soon“. He 31 May 2.007, World Snooker fined him a total of 20.800 pounds for this incident, and took away 900 ranking points.
O'Sullivan returned to action at the Masters, with a complex response from the audience (being both booed and applauded). He won his first round match by 6-1 against Ali Carter, making two hundred during it. But nevertheless, created more controversy by not attending the post-match press conference. He recorded a brief interview with Steve Davis for the BBC, claiming he was much happier than at the UK Championship, and he was playing well, once again. Sir Rodney Walker later issued a statement stating that O'Sullivan had excused himself from dealing with the media due to the exceptional circumstances that were affecting him.. This decision was criticized by Shaun Murphy and Ken Doherty. O ‘Sullivan won the tournament against Ding Junhui on 21 of January of 2.007. At the meeting, was noted for his sportsmanship by Steve Davis, specifically for comforting Ding after the frame 12, during which Ding had been visibly upset by an overly supportive member of the public, and that he was expelled later. O’Sullivan was winning by 9-3 at that moment, and he won the next frame to get a victory of 10-3.
O’Sullivan was left out of the Malta Cup with a loss by 3-5 in front of Michael Holt in the first round. He reached the quarterfinals of the Welsh Open, but he lost 4-5 against Neil Robertson. In his quarterfinal match against Joe Swail at the Irish Masters, O'Sullivan made a 147 on his way to a narrow victory by 5-4, the second 147 in any professional competition in Ireland. The prize for the maximum break was a Citroën Coupé, worth 20.000 euros, but it was withdrawn by the organizers. Then, derrotó a John Higgins 6-5 in the semifinals and won the title, al derrotar a Barry Hawkins 9-1 in the end. O’Sullivan reached the semifinals of the China Open, but he lost 2-6 against later champion Graeme Dott. Just before the World Championship, where he was going to play the first round match against Ding Junhui again, O'Sullivan said the painting was rigged. He was denied by World Snooker and O'Sullivan retracted his accusation.. In the end, O’Sullivan won the tie easily by 10 frames a 2. He also won his second round match against Robertson by 13 -10 (despite losing six consecutive frames), before losing his quarterfinal match to 9-13 against later champion John Higgins.
O’Sullivan retired from the season's first ranking tournament, el Shanghai Masters, citing back problems for which doctors had advised him not to travel. He also decided not to participate in the Pot Black Invitational Tournament.. He reached the final of the Grand Prix, but he lost 6-9 against Marco Fu. Durante el Northern Ireland Trophy, set a new record, doing five hundred in victory for 5-2 about Ali Carter. This also included his seventh 147 official in competition.
O’Sullivan was left out of the tournament in the next round, after losing to Fergal O’Brien. He 2 December 2.007, won the fourth consecutive Premier League final, the seventh in total, by defeating John Higgins in the final by 7-4. He 15 December 2.007, O'Sullivan made his eighth 147, in the decisive frame of the UK Championship, in the semifinal against Mark Selby, matching Hendry's record. In this way, He also became the third player to break a maximum to win a game.. Hendry had done the first, against O’Sullivan in the final of the Charity Challenge of 1.997, and Mark Williams had done the second, in the Crucible in the first round of the World Championship of 2.005. O’Sullivan is also the second player, after John Higgins, in getting two maximum breaks in two consecutive ranking tournaments. He won the tournament, beating Stephen Maguire for 10-2 in the end, thus receiving a check from 100.000 pounds for winning his first ranking tournament in almost three years.
In the Masters, Stephen Maguire beat O’Sullivan in the final frame, to win the first round match at Wembley. After retiring Malta Cup, O’Sullivan returned to the Welsh Open in February. Playing a good tournament he reached the final. Although he had the marker 8-5 a su favor, Selby won the last four frames and beat him for 9-8. O’Sullivan was present at the China Open, where he lost 4-5 in front of Marco Fu in the first round. At the press conference that followed the game, O’Sullivan was heard making some lewd comments inviting a member of the press to perform fellatio, laughing afterwards with World Snooker media spokesman. O'Sullivan also joked about the size and thickness of his penis, before simulating a sexual act in his microphone. In June 2.008, the World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association punished him for his behavior by taking away the money and ranking points he had earned in the tournament.
In the World Championship of 2.008, O'Sullivan made his ninth 147 contra Mark Williams. It was his third highest break of the season and, also, the third in the Crucible. It was the fourth 147 what was done in a frame to win a game (after Hendry's, Williams and himself). Interviewed by Steve Davis just after beating Williams 13-7, said “I can finally buy a Bentley Continental GT“. Shortly after pocketing the black, snooker legend and commentator, Dennis Taylor labeled O’Sullivan as one “Total genius“.
But nevertheless, he 147 O’Sullivan was matched by Ali Carter in the same tournament, halving the cash prize. O’Sullivan beat Liu Chuang, Mark Williams, Liang Wenbo and Stephen Hendry on the way to the tournament final. After the game, Hendry described O’Sullivan as “the best in the world.” Then he beat Carter 18-8, winning his third title the 5 May 2.008. In the interview after his victory, hinted again that he would not be able to play on the season 2.008/2.009, but also that it could search for many more world titles.
O’Sullivan started the season 2.008/2.009 winning the Northern Ireland Trophy. His opponent in the final was Dave Harold. In the seventh frame, with a score favorable to Ronnie's 5-1, Harold got a break from 60, almost assuming that the frame would fall on his side. But a bad placement made Ronnie enter the game and do one of the most spectacular table cleanings to get the frame and put the marker 6-2.
Finally, O’Sullivan derrotó a Dave Harold 9-3 in the end, becoming the only player to win consecutive ranking tournaments in the last four years.
Then, reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, after defeating Stephen Maguire in the semifinals with two impressive breaks from 141 Y 145. But, in the end, was defeated by Ricky Walden 10-8. In the Premier League a victory was secured by 7-2 sobre Mark Selby, which meant that he had won the tournament eight times in total and five consecutive times. But nevertheless, O’Sullivan failed to defend his UK Championship title, by losing to Joe Perry 5-9 in second round. O'Sullivan had awarded the twelfth frame of the game, standing 5-7 below, although Perry had an advantage of only 23 points to zero. Commenting after, O'Sullivan said “It might seem like he's lost his mind or whatever, but i'm sure i will recover.” For this he was sanctioned with a fine 300 pounds, and was ordered to pay other 1000 pounds in costs.
In the Masters, O'Sullivan reached the final by beating Joe Perry, Ali Carter y Stephen Maguire. In a tense final against defending champion Mark Selby, no player was able to gain a considerable advantage, with frames full of big tight final breaks. After leading 3-1, O'Sullivan ended the afternoon session with a draw to 4 on the scoreboard and took the first frame of the afternoon session. Selby, but nevertheless, won the following 3 frames to lead the match by 7-5. O'Sullivan responded by winning three decisive frames and putting a 8-7 on the scoreboard in your favor. The next two frames were shared, and when they were going 9-8, and with opportunities wasted by both players, O'Sullivan made a break from 55, beating Mark Selby the final by 10-8 and claiming the title for the fourth time. By doing this, became the second player, after Stephen Hendry, to win the trophy more than three times. In his post-match interview, O’Sullivan commented on his victory as his biggest snooker achievement, noting that the taco had been obtained only the previous Saturday.
During an exhibition in Ireland in January 2.009, O'Sullivan and Jimmy White made maximum breaks in consecutive frames. In the first round of the World Championship of 2.009, O'Sullivan got three hundred (140 in the second frame, 104 in the eighth and 103 in the fourteenth). He was defeated in the second round 11-13, por Mark Allen, after taking an advantage of 9-7.
Season started 2.009/2.010 winning the Shanghai Masters, al derrotar a Liang Wenbo 10-5 in the end. On the way to the final he lost only 6 frames. Beat Graeme Dott 5-0 first round, a Marco Fu 5-2 in second round, a Ding Junhui 5-3 in quarterfinals, y a John Higgins 6-1 in the semifinals. After his victory, joined the newly founded Snooker Players Association.
In the second ranking tournament, el Grand Prix, beat Jamie Burnett 5-3 first round, but then lost by a narrow margin to John Higgins in the second round, by 4-5. He 29 November 2.009, O’Sullivan did not retain his Premier League Snooker title, with Shaun Murphy defeating him for 7-3 in the end. After his victory 9-3 on Matthew Stevens in the first round of the UK Championship, O'Sullivan caused controversy at his post-game press conference. Outlined WPBSA outgoing government (headed by Sir Rodney Walker) how “un cancer running through the game” and he also said, “leukemia has established“. Then he went on to support the new era of snooker., led by Barry Hearn. He won his next two games, 9-3 against Peter Ebdon in round of 16, and Mark Selby in the quarterfinals, before losing the semifinal 8-9 frente a John Higgins, despite having traced a 2-8 to equal to 8 marker.
O’Sullivan began defending his Masters title by defeating Australian Neil Robertson 6-4 first round, after losing 0-3. He beat Peter Ebdon 6-3 in quarterfinals. In the semifinal he defeated Mark Williams 6-5, to reach his sixth Masters final in 7 years. O'Sullivan faced Mark Selby in the final for the second consecutive year, and lost 9-10 despite having taken advantage of 9-6. En el Welsh Open, reached the semifinals by beating Stuart Bingham 5-1 first round, Jamie Cope 5-0 in the second round and Mark Allen 5-2 in quarterfinals, but he lost 4-6 against John Higgins in the semifinals. Lost 3-5 in the first round of the China Open against Tian Pengfei, from 22 year old. In the eighth frame, Ronnie made a mistake in the final black, he immediately conceded the frame and the game. With this he also lost his opportunity to defend his number one in the world. World Championship, defeated Liang Wenbo (10-7) first round, a Mark Williams (13-10) in second round, and before losing (11-13) with Mark Selby in the quarterfinals.
Ronnie O’Sullivan started the season 2.010/2.011 in the event 1 de los Players Championship Tour, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Jamie Cope (0-4). Also competed in the Event 4, where did you reach the final, but he lost 3-4 against Barry Pinches. At the World Open he made his tenth 147 in the last frame of his game against Mark King, that won 3-0. In addition to writing down the maximum break, the anecdote was that, when I was just wearing 8 points scored, asked Jan Verhaas if there was a special prize for the one who got a maximum break. After making the relevant queries, the referee informed Ronnie that no, that there was only one award 4.000 pounds for the one who made the biggest break. With his particular sense of humor, O'Sullivan joked about it a couple of times during the frame with Verhaas, asking him if he was sure what he had said. When you pocketed the final rose, went to greet Mark King (since the game was over) and the referee went after him to indicate that he had black, which you housed next to add to your record a new 147.
Then he defeated Jimmy White (3-1), Stephen Hendry (3-1), Stephen Maguire (3-1) y Peter Ebdon (3-1) to reach the final, where he lost (1-5) against Neil Robertson. Raced at the Premier League Snooker, and qualified for the finals arriving undefeated. Defeated Neil Robertson (5-1) in the semifinals and Shaun Murphy (7-1) in the end, to claim his ninth Premier League Snooker title in 14 years. At the UK Championship, in December, suffered an early release, losing 6-9 against Stuart Bingham in the first round.
At the Masters he lost 4-6 in the first round against Mark Allen. O’Sullivan reached the semifinals at the Snooker Shoot-Out, before losing to Robert Milkins. Made the two highest breaks in the tournament, 112 Y 123. He then lost in the first round match of the next two ranking tournaments, both times against Ryan Day: 2-4 at the Welsh Open and 2-5 en el China Open. He reached the quarterfinals of the World Championship, by defeating Dominic Dale (10-2) in the first round and Shaun Murphy (13 -10) in second, but he lost (10-13) contra John Higgins.
Ronnie started the season 2.011/2.012 in the event 1 de los Players Championship Tour, where he won by 4-0 in the final against Joe Perry. In the Paul Hunter Classic, did the eleventh 147 career official against Adam Duffy in the third frame and set a new record for maximum breaks. Reached the semifinals, but he lost (3-4) contra Mark Selby.
His next tournament was the Shanghai Masters, where he reached second round, but he lost (3-5) contra Anthony Hamilton. In October 2.011 won the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy, by defeating Matthew Stevens (4-2) in the end. In November 2.011 reached the final of the Antwerp Open (Antwerp Open), but he lost to Judd Trump for 3-4. After the 12 PTC events, O'Sullivan was number two in the Order of Merit (classification), and qualified for the finals, but withdrew due to medical reasons.
O'Sullivan won the tenth Premier League title of his career. After heading the table in the league phase, defeated Mark Williams to reach the final, where he beat Ding Junhui for 7-1. His next tournament was the UK Championship, where he lost in the second round (5-6) against the later champion Judd Trump. In the Masters he lost again against Trump, this time 2-6 in quarterfinals. At the German Masters he reached his first ranking final for the first time since the World Open in 2.010, and won 9-7 a Stephen Maguire, despite having been losing for 0-4 against Andrew Higginson in the first round.
He then reached the semifinals of the Welsh Open, and to the quarterfinals of the China Open, but he lost (2-6) against Mark Selby and (4-5) contra Maguire, respectively.
At the O’Sullivan World Championship he eliminated former world champions in each of his first three games: a Peter Ebdon (10-4) first round, a Mark Williams (13-6) in second, y Neil Robertson (13-10) in the quarterfinals. Beat two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens (17-10) in the semifinals and defeated Ali Carter (18-11) in the final to win his fourth world title. With 36 years, and alone 40 days older than Dennis Taylor when he won the title in 1.985, O’Sullivan became the longest-serving World Champion since Ray Reardon succeeded, with 45 years, in 1.978. In the eighth frame of the final, O'Sullivan made a break from 141, the highest ever recorded in a final at the Crucible. Ranked No. 9 in the world at the end of the season. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Walter Donaldson, Mark Williams y John Higgins.
He 6 June WPBSA issued a statement announcing that O'Sullivan had not signed the official players contract and therefore would not be eligible to play in any tournament of the season 2.012/2.013 from World Snooker even did it. That same day, O’Sullivan said he found the contract to be “too abusive” and that he was at a stage in his career where he didn't want to make the commitment. He 7 August it was announced that he had already signed the contract and that he would play in the International Championship in October and in the UK Championship in December. O’Sullivan returned to action at the UK's third Players Championship Tour event in September, where he lost (3-4) in front of Simon Bedford. After the Shanghai Masters he left the top 16 for the first time since he entered the season 1.994/.1995 and it happened to be the number 17 del ranking. O’Sullivan's return to snooker was short-lived, since he retired from the International Championship due to his doctor's advice not to travel. He 6 November O’Sullivan announced that he was withdrawing from all tournaments and that he would not play for the remainder of the season. But nevertheless, he 26 February announced during a press conference that he would return to the game and defend his world title.
In the Crucible Ronnie defeated Marcus Campbell, Ali Carter in the round of 16, Stuart Bingham in the quarterfinals and Judd Trump in the semifinals. Reached the final, without being left behind even once, where he faced Barry Hawkins. O’Sullivan's break from 103 in the fifteenth frame was his break 128 at the Crisol Theater, breaking Stephen Hendry's record of 127 hundreds.
During the final Ronnie extended the record to 131 hundreds. O'Sullivan became the only player to score six hundred in a World Championship final. In the twentieth frame, with a marker 11-8 favorable a Ronnie, Hawkins had the advantage of 54 points (2-56). A failure to attempt to hole out red caused O'Sullivan to enter the table, flipping the marker over when cleaning 55 points and win the frame by one point difference (57-56), managing to extend the advantage over Hawkins by 4 frames.
Finally, won the match by 18-12 making a break from 88 points in the last frame, thus achieving his fifth World Champion title and becoming the third player to retain his title in the Crucible., after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry.
He 1 May 2.013, O’Sullivan announced that his return to the Crucible would be short-lived and that he would not compete in future World Championships. But after his victory, at the post-match press conference he declared: “I love playing, so I will definitely be playing in some smaller tournaments again, and we will see to see what happens.”.
O’Sullivan started the season 2.013/2.014 position number 19. For personal reasons, left the first ranking tournament of the season, the Wuxi Classic, shortly before he had to face Michael Wasley in qualifying. In June 2.013 competed in the Bulgarian Open, his first appearance in a tournament outside of England in 15 months, but he lost 2-4 against John Higgins in the semifinals. In August 2.013, announced that their tournament schedule for the remainder of the season would include the UK Championship, el German Masters, the Masters and the Welsh Open, as well as return to the Crucible in 2.014 to defend his World Championship title.
In the same month he suffered a surprising defeat (1-4) contra Peter Lines en la Bluebell Wood Open, but he won the Paul Hunter Classic by defeating Gerard Greene 4-0 in the end. O’Sullivan qualified for the International Championship, al derrotar a Joel Walker (6-1) in the classification phase, and defeated Anthony McGill (6-2) before losing (4-6) contra Liang Wenbo.
After that O’Sullivan reached the final of the Antwerp Open, but he lost 3-4 contra Mark Selby, despite winning by 3-1. In the Champion of Champions he defeated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson in the final frames and won the title by defeating Stuart Bingham by 10-8 in the end.
He reached the quarterfinals of the UK Championship, but he lost 4-6 contra Bingham, although he made two breaks of 135 Y 127 at the match.
In the Masters, O’Sullivan derrotó a Robert Milkins (6-1) first round, before beating Ricky Walden by 6-0 in quarterfinals, a match that lasted only 57 minutes and 48 seconds. During the game he scored 556 unanswered points, a new record in a professional tournament, beating the previous record of 495 points established by Ding Junhui in 2.007 in the Premier League Snooker.
He defeated Stephen Maguire for 6-2 in the semifinals to achieve a new record: his tenth Masters final, beating Stephen Hendry's nine. Facing defending champion Mark Selby in the final, took advantage of 7-1 in the first session, before winning by 10-4 and get his fifth Masters title.
He 22 of January of 2.014, the WPBSA Disciplinary Commission issued a statement reporting that Ronnie O’Sullivan's conduct had gone against the Association's Member Rules. He was fined 6.000 pounds and was ordered to pay 1.000 Pounds more in costs for three tweets on your personal Twitter account, made in September and October 2.013, that were considered detrimental to the image of the sport. The first tweet was related to complaints about match fixing, the second a suggestion that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, and the third a tweet that was described as “offensive”. The committee fined him with 1.000 additional pounds for commenting “abusive, insulting and disrespectful” against referee Jan Verhaas during the German Masters qualifying phase in December 2.013. The incident arose after Verhaas asked O’Sullivan to tuck his shirt in during the game.. O'Sullivan apologized for his conduct with the referee, indicating that he repented that same day and that the atmosphere was too hot.
En el Welsh Open, O’Sullivan derrotó a Ricky Walden 4-1 in eighth, a John Higgins 5-1 quartered, y a Barry Hawkins 6-2 in the semifinals. Defeated Ding Junhui 9-3 in the final to win his third Welsh Open title, and the title 26 your career ranking. In the last frame of the final he made another record: his twelfth 147 in professional competition, beating the previous record of 11 maximum breaks he had made to tie with Stephen Hendry.
During the season, O’Sullivan competed on the Players Championship Tour, and finished second in the European Tour Order of Merit, and qualify for the Grand Final. There he defeated Scott Donaldson (4-0), but he lost 3-4 against Yu Delu in eighths, despite doing a 140, the highest break of the tournament.
World Championship, O’Sullivan began his title defense by beating Robin Hull 10-4 first round. Playing with Joe Perry in the second round, O’Sullivan was behind after the first two sessions, but he recovered to win the match 13-11. Frente a Shaun Murphy, in his sixteenth quarterfinals in his World Championship career, O'Sullivan took 13 of the last 14 frames to win the match 13-3, with a session to spare.
Derrotó a Barry Hawkins 17-7 in the semifinals, also with a session to spare, to reach his sixth final of the World Championship. Facing Mark Selby in the final, O'Sullivan started strong, taking advantage of 10-5, but he lost 10 of the following 12 frames, lagging behind with a 12-15. They lost 14-18, his first loss in a World Championship final. That morning Ronnie and her son, from 6 years, they had a car accident, but neither of them was hurt. After the World Championship, a new ranking system went into effect, based on a list of the economic awards achieved in two years instead of the ranking points. This meant that O’Sullivan finished the season number one 4.
O’Sullivan started the season 2.014/2.015 con el Paul Hunter Classic, but he lost 2-4 against Tian Pengfei in round of 16. His first ranking tournament was the Shanghai Masters, where he lost 3-5 against Alan McManus. Then, Ronnie O’Sullivan competed in the International Championship, Cited as the largest tournament in Asia, after beating James Cahill in the qualifiers. Having struggled to beat Ben Woollaston by 6-4, in his first match of the tournament, Ronnie beat his next two rivals, McGill y Li Hang, by 6-1. Then he faced Mark Williams, a man who hadn't won O’Sullivan in 12 years in the rooms; but nevertheless, then go 3-0 below, Williams won the following 5 frames and, Finally, the match for 6-5.
The next tournament Ronnie O’Sullivan competed in was the Champion of Champions, where did he go as a defending champion. O’Sullivan started his defense with a victory for 4-2 about Stuart Bingham. Then, defeated Marco Fu 6-0. In the semifinal, O’Sullivan defeated Ding Junhui by 6-4 and then went on to defeat Judd Trump with a high final score, 10-7, doing four hundred and eleven breaks of more than fifty points during the match.
He 4 December 2.014, O’Sullivan completed his thirteenth 147 in his carrer, in the round of 16 of the UK Championship, against Matthew Selt.
Three days later he won his fifth UK Championship, by 10-9 against Judd Trump in the end. After losing 1-5 Y 4-9, Trump won five successive frames, before O’Sullivan stood out in the final frame, despite playing with a broken ankle (he had been injured the week before while running).
In the first frame of his quarterfinal match against Marco Fu at the Masters, O'Sullivan made his hundredth number 776, beating Stephen Hendry as the player with the most hundreds in the history of this sport. He received a great ovation, with the public on their feet, and won the match to Fu by 6-1.
But nevertheless, in the semifinals he was defeated 6-1 by Neil Robertson, which meant that O’Sullivan lost at that stage of the tournament for the first time since participating in the Masters, after 10 previous victories, and also ended a streak of successive wins during 15 matches, in different tournaments.
World Championship, O’Sullivan derrotó a Craig Steadman 10-3 in the first round and Matthew Stevens for 13-5 in second round, but suffered an unexpected defeat by 9-13 at the hands of Stuart Bingham in the quarterfinals. O’Sullivan was involved in several incidents during the tournament. During the match against Steadman, violated the snooker dress code when he took off some shoes and played for a short time in socks, before I borrow the tournament director's shoes, Mike Ganley. In his match against Stevens, frustrated for missing a shot, almost broke his cue in half by hitting it against the table. In his quarterfinal match, O’Sullivan put the chalk on the table and used it to line up a shot. Controversially the referee, Terry Camilleri, did not penalize him for the incident, despite the fact that many commentators, including former world champion Ken Doherty and former referee Michaela Tabb, argued that by following snooker rules the referee should have called a foul 7 points. These incidents led Stephen Hendry to say that O'Sullivan was not fully focused. “I personally think it's a sign that he has other things on his mind“, Hendry said. “Not adequately focused on winning the World Championship.”
In the newly released season 2.015/2.016, we still haven't seen him compete, as he has not participated in any of the three tournaments held to date: la World Cup, el Australian Goldfields Open y el Kaspersky Lab Riga Open.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport and there are those who rate him as "genius".
Many of his colleagues consider him as the best player in history, despite a temperamental streak that sometimes leads to a lack of confidence or interest. O’Sullivan is one of the most popular players on the circuit, who stands out for being a "showman", and has helped improve the image of snooker to the general public. O'Sullivan himself has declared his desire to entertain the public, and has said that, rough and slow games make viewers disconnect. He has often been compared to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White, both for his natural talent and for his popularity. He has three verified accounts on social networks, on Facebook, Twitter and Sina Weibo, with hundreds of thousands of followers in each.
In March 2.014, Eurosport announced that it had signed an exclusive agreement with O'Sullivan to make it to its world snooker ambassador., with the aim of promoting this sport internationally. As part of the agreement, O’Sullivan created an exclusive snooker series for the network called “The Ronnie O’Sullivan Show”, which includes his ideas about the game, interviews with other professional players, and advice. He also wrote for Eurosport-Yahoo! during the World Championship.
Ronnie began collaborating regularly on the Brentwood Phoenix FM radio station in May 2.015, as co-host of the Midweek Matchzone program with Chris Hood, having previously broadcast a series of one-hour specials for the station.
You have been labeled a perfectionist, and very self-critical, even in victory. He suffered from clinical depression and has had drug related problems, but he works with sports psychologist Steve Peters, who has helped him overcome his mood swings. Noted for repeatedly declaring his intention to leave the sport, O'Sullivan worked during the season 2.012/2.013 on a pig farm.
He's a soccer fanatic, from car racing and boxing and, it is also, an enthusiastic runner (his best personal brand is 34 minutes and 54 seconds for a race of 10 kilometres). Ronnie also likes to cook and has said that if I had to go back to school I would study cooking.. Regarding other data related to your personal life, it should be noted that he is the cousin of snooker player María Catalano, who has been number one in the female snooker.