Ronnie O’Sullivan believes he can find his way back to the championship mindset after consecutive wins in goal at the Scottish Open.
The 46-year-old beat Jamie Jones 4-3 in Llandudno with a final goal on goal 66, to advance to the quarter-finals.
The six-time world champion boxer was disappointed to lose his place in the third frame, but remained calm to see off the impressive Jones.
O’Sullivan inched past Liang Wenbo by a similar scoreline in round 32 on Wednesday, and was left to ponder the hint of a return to his razor-sharp winner mentality.
The 2020 world champion even left out a cute reference to next year’s global battle at the Crucible, as a stark reminder to the rest of his credentials field.
“Listen, this is funny billiards: one tournament, one win, like 2011, 2012, only one win and I was out for five or six years,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport.
“Snooker can be like that. I’m being patient now, if it doesn’t happen this week or next, it might happen in Sheffield, who knows?
“Probably two months ago I was trying to relieve myself and might have missed.
But when you’re mentally there, it can be different.
“I put myself in every shot and give 100%.
“If you win tournaments and deciders, you have to have that mindset.
“Honestly, I played exhibition snooker for a few years, and then Covid happened, it gave me a chance and I’m feeling good. ”
Guest of Eurosport studio Jimmy White reacted to O’Sullivan’s mental approach grimacing by declaring “that means he imagined it!” regarding next year’s world championship.
O’Sullivan’s night was never likely to be without problems, in a week when he insisted he would not allow his son to compete on a world tour with the snooker’s general condition.
That stance was considered a “disgrace” by John Higgins, led O’Sullivan on Wednesday promising to stay out of the controversial debates.
Rocket’s emotions run away from him as he punches the table in the third frame, which he later reveals to be pure frustration.
Jones broke at 94 to equalize for the decisive goal, leaving O’Sullivan to impress the world number 44.
“You’re just so frustrated when things like that happen, but it’s amazing,” O’Sullivan said.
O’Sullivan said: “He’s better at snooker tonight, just needing experience to win can win.
“I made a few mistakes, but I’m trying. I was hung there.
“You’re watching such good snookers from all the others and you’re trying to play your own game; Great.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/snooker/ronnie-o-sullivan-sullivan-llandudno-snooker-jimmy-white-b1973284.html Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan feels like he’s regaining his championship mindset