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Snooker news: Ronnie O’Sullivan’s rivals called out in brutal attack after World Grand Prix win


Stephen Hendry has called out the rest of the World Snooker Tour with 48-year-old Ronnie O’Sullivan “dominating the game” following his latest title.

The ‘Rocket’ defeated Judd Trump 10-7 to win the World Grand Prix final on Sunday evening.


He’s now won 14 consecutive matches dating back to November when his last defeat came against Anda Zhang at the International Championship in China.

O’Sullivan is now closing in on the best season of his career with four titles for the season and is on course to win all three Triple Crown events in the same campaign for the first time in his career.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has won four titles this year

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won four titles this year

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That feat has only been achieved four times in the history of the sport with Hendry managing it twice in his career.

The Scottish snooker icon is the only player that sits close to O’Sullivan in the records table with the current chasing pack struggling to deal with the world No 1.

Trump was seen as O’Sullivan’s greatest test as he’s won three titles this season.

However, Hendry was left unimpressed by the 34-year-old and he has questioned who can actually compete with O’Sullivan.

“He’s getting the job done at the minute and I just think who’s gonna beat him?” Hendry said on ITV.

“Where are all these great players that are going to beat him? Where are they?

“I mean you’ve got Judd Trump who’s won three titles.

“Where’s the likes of [Mark] Selby, [Neil] Robertson, John Higgins, [Shaun] Murphy, Luca Brecel world champion?

“Where are they?

“He’s 48 and still dominating the game. It’s incredible.”

Judd Trump was unable to end Ronnie O'Sullivan's winning streak

Judd Trump was unable to end Ronnie O’Sullivan’s winning streak

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O’Sullivan credited a change in diet earlier in the week for his run to the final of the World Grand Prix.

“I enjoyed that. I really did, I enjoyed the game,” the now-three-time champion said.

“At the start of the week, I was feeling a bit rough, but then I bought myself an air fryer and a smoothie maker, I started eating a bit better and I started feeling [better].

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Stephen Hendry has questioned Ronnie O'Sullivan's rivals

Stephen Hendry has questioned Ronnie O’Sullivan’s rivals

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“I don’t like eating junk food, it puts me in a bit of a funny place.

“I started to feel better as the week went on. I played some of my best snooker ever last night against Ding. It gave me some confidence coming in today because I knew I would have to play well – at least do something well – against Judd.

“[He] blasted me off the table 4-0 and I was thinking that this was going to be an early night; a 10-1 job. I managed to nick a few frames this afternoon. 5-3 gave me a bit of optimism. I came out and thought, just try and see what happens, and enjoy the battle, because you have to battle against Judd because he’s a warrior.

“For me, he’s the favourite for the World Championship this year.”



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