Magnificent Seven: A closer look at Ronnie O’Sullivan’s World Championship successes

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s World Snooker Championship wins Judd Trump tied him with Stephen Hendry’s record seven Crucible titles.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at O’Sullivan’s reign.

2001: O’Sullivan made it into the last four with comfortable victories over Andy Hicks, Dave Harrold and Peter Ebdon before defeating Joe Swail 17-11 in the semifinals. In the final, the 25-year-old led to batting from the front John Higgins 18-14

2004: O’Sullivan reached the final by beating Hendry 17-4 in the last four – the widest margin in the tournament’s history. He lost the first five frames of his final to Graeme Dott but won 18 of the next 21 to capture his second title.

O’Sullivan defeated Ali Carter to take the world crown in 2008 (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

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2008: O’Sullivan became only the third player, after Hendry and Steve Davisto win three or more Crucible world titles after defeating Ali Carter 18-8. Along the way he humiliated Hendry again with a 17-6 semi-final victory which the Scot described as the best he had ever seen.

2012: Narrowly ran in a 13-10 win in the round of 16 Neil RobertsonO’Sullivan won a second Crucible final against Carter, whom he defeated 18-11 to become a four-time world champion.

O’Sullivan clinched another World Championship crown by beating Barry Hawkins (Anna Gowthorpe/PA).

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2013: O’Sullivan returned as the defending champion after not playing a competitive game all season. But he showed few ill effects as he headed into the final, beating Trump 17-11 in the last four before overtaking Barry Hawkins 18-10.

2020: In a tournament mostly played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, O’Sullivan fought his way past thing Junhui and Mark Williams before winning the last three frames to claim an epic semifinal victory Markus Selby. In the final he passed Kyren Wilson 18-8 for his sixth title.

2022: O’Sullivan steered away from his competition for the duration of the 2022 championship, rarely being put in trouble throughout the tournament and securing the crown with an 18-13 win over Trump. Magnificent Seven: A closer look at Ronnie O’Sullivan’s World Championship successes


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