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Ronnie O'Sullivan lifts fourth world title and rules out retirement

Monday, 7 May 2012

*Ronnie O'Sullivan has lifted his fourth world title with a convincing 18-11 win over Ali Carter at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has ruled out retiring just yet (Picture: PA)

For Carter, there was a sense of deja vu as O’Sullivan had beaten him in his only other world final appearance in 2008.Afterwards, O’Sullivan dismissed any idea he might be considering retirement, saying: ‘I haven’t gone yet.’But he admitted he had found it difficult to stay the championship course.‘It’s been very hard to stand it for 17 days. It’s an endurance test, the equivalent of doing an ironman. It isn’t so much the snooker, it’s about controlling your emotions.’Although Carter was not at his best, O’Sullivan seemed virtually unbeatable.His safety play was immaculate and he rarely wasted an opening. Alluding to  his opponent’s dominance, Carter joked: ‘Maybe if he retires I might win it.‘Ronnie put me under pressure, his safety [play] was better and when he gets in he’s a genius.‘I’m pleased for the game that he’s carrying on playing. He’s got so much more to give.’The margin of victory would have been greater but for a minor Carter revival in the afternoon session which took him within four frames of his opponent.But O’Sullivan polished off the next frame to lead 15-10 at the interval and continued in that vein to clinch victory despite losing the 28th frame after missing an easy black.It was the end of a four-year Crucible drought for the  36-year-old, who first claimed the title in 2001.
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