Perhaps the final score was tough for Kyren Wilson, who has become one of the true stars of the sport of the future on the way to his first world final. In any other final, against any other opponent, the chances he missed out on Sunday afternoon as the final was definitely going on against him wouldn’t have been that costly.
O’Sullivan is now just one behind Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles, but what will happen to the unpredictable snooker conundrum? “If I happen to win another one, it will be fantastic,” he said afterwards. “If I don’t, I have had a wonderful career and snooker has given me many good times. If I wanted to go out and break records, I wouldn’t play as well.
After limping his way to a three-frame lead overnight Saturday, you always felt like the real snooker rock and roll star had something special up his sleeve. O’Sullivan was inside the Crucible from 9 a.m. on Sunday morning to train, and a few hours later he had won the afternoon session 7-1 to pass 17-8 ahead .
Wilson was so stunned by O’Sullivan’s outburst that at one point he attempted to leave the arena after the afternoon’s penultimate frame, only to remember that he there was still an image of punishment to go through.
Hendry’s seven world titles are the only record that O’Sullivan has left in the sport he has revolutionized over the past quarter century. In truth, O’Sullivan is Lionel Messi. This is Roger Federer. He’s Phil Taylor. He transcends his sport by his popularity and his way of playing.
O’Sullivan, generally for him, however, preferred his own comparisons. “I watched Del Boy and Rodney a bit [before matches], ” he said. “Laila [Rouass, his fiancee] says I’m like Rodney. Ronnie the plonker, rather than Rodney the plonker, maybe. Few people would agree with that amount, you think.
Sometimes on Sunday afternoon, O’Sullivan seemed unable to disappear. He performed with such minimal ambidextrous effort that you felt that every mistake Wilson made – and yes, there were several – was going to be punished. More often than not, O’Sullivan duly held on. From a laborious and error-ridden display on Saturday to the brilliance of: Few, if any, players can move between such extremes in just a few hours.
Brutally, Wilson only had one chance to throw a ball in the evening session. When he did, running through the peloton and out of position, it was like a microcosm of his final. The key moments have gone against Wilson here, but he will return, and he will surely be a world champion in the future. He just hopes he doesn’t meet O’Sullivan in this mood again.
O’Sullivan’s claims that the sport’s lower-ranked players weren’t even “half-decent amateurs” earlier in the tournament were extravagant and, given the improved depth of the professional tour , unfair. But even now, 23 years after that record of 147 that announced his arrival at Le Creuset, the snooker still needs him more than the snooker.
After breaks of 73, 75 and 71 in the afternoon, the job was as good as it was done. When he made his way to the victorious 96-hour break minutes after entering the arena on Sunday night, even Wilson couldn’t help but applaud what he had just seen first. hand.
There is already an overwhelming majority within snooker who believe O’Sullivan is arguably the greatest player to ever take a signal. As he raised the sport’s most prestigious award above his head for the sixth time, you felt that even the few remaining critics now have to concede defeat and accept that O’Sullivan is in a league of their own. .