Ahead of today’s World Snooker Final, favourite for the title Ronnie O’Sullivan has admitted that he could retire after the match.
The 36-year-old – who has often been the life and soul of the sport and a firm fans favourite – is set to take on Ali Carter in today’s final at the Crucible. Regardless of the result, he could retire from the sport immediately afterwards.
Speaking after the semi-final win over Matthew Stevens, he said: “I’ve made the decision. This might – might – be my last time here.”
“I don’t intend to stay in the game long, even though I feel in a lot better place. I might consider having a good, long break, a couple of years off.”
“I’ve weighed up the pluses and the minuses and I’m quite comfortable with the decision.
“There’s no better way [to go out] than to get to the final at the Crucible. If I win it, it’s a bonus; if I don’t, at least I can say I’ve gone out on a high.”
There is no doubt that O’Sullivan will want to go out victorious though, meaning he needs a big push today after a nearly flawless tournament so far.
The three-time World Champion has looked unstoppable to date, producing some fantastic snooker and not giving his opponents a chance.
O’Sullivan now takes on Carter, the man he faced in the 2008 final at the Crucible. On this occasion, O’Sullivan ran out as an 18-8 winner and there is no doubt that Carter will be aiming to be more competitive this time around.
With the snooker world watching, there is no doubt that O’Sullivan is the favourite for success today. This brings its own pressure of course, but it is nothing he hasn’t seen before.
Many will be waiting for the O’Sullivan show, but Carter will look to have something to say about that.