Will Ronnie O’Sullivan triumph at The Crucible?

Ronnie O'Sullivan seems much more composed this yearThe enigma that is Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan causes intrigue every season, with no one really knowing which Ronnie will turn up. He is undoubtedly one of the most naturally gifted players of all time, but the former number one has become more known for his unexpected behaviour, than his ability at the table. However, this year at the Crucible, many have been relived to see a more composed Ronnie O’Sullivan, and hopefully one that will win the World Championship.

Speculation grew as to whether O’Sullivan would even take part with in this year’s World Championship, with rumours he may quit all together. Thankfully, it looks as though snooker fans will be able to witness many more years of Snooker genius. He came into the tournament a clear underdog, but we could see him reclaim the title after a two year absence.

Of all the current competitors, O’Sullivan’s record is by far the most impressive, having claimed 22 ranking titles. The three times winner of the World Championship and four times winner of the UK Championship looks set to perform again, having come fresh off the circuit, playing in fewer tournaments than many of his rivals. His underdog status may even help The Rocket, with the pressure firmly resting on John Higgins’ and current Champion Ding Junhui’s shoulders.

Ronnie, who is renowned for his break building ability, has already produced some excellent snooker to beat Shaun Murphy and reach the quarter-final. His temperament has looked superb, with almost no expressions of frustration coming from the perfectionist. If Ronnie is as settled as he appears, he may just pip John Higgins to the golden 13 frames and progress into the semi-final where he will face in form Mark Williams. O’Sullivan has already shown great resilience against Higgins, drawing level at 2-2 and 4-4 but Higgins put up a brilliant fight drawing back 8-8.

Should Ronnie triumph over Higgins, he will surely gain enough momentum to see off Mark Williams and possibly play against current Champion Ding Junhui in the final. I’m sure that no matter who progresses, we will be in for a treat. A reignited Ronnie would be a great spectacle to watch, and would also kick-start a return to his best form, surely the best outcome for the fans as well.

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