'I used to play alright and win tournaments' - Ronnie O'Sullivan feels he can no longer win when not playing well
Ronnie O'Sullivan will face Judd Trump in the final of the World Championship at the Crucible on Sunday and Monday after beating John Higgins in the semi-finals. O'Sullivan has said the key to success in Sheffield is the ability to produce consistent snooker. Watch the World Championship final and other top snooker live on Eurosport and discovery+.
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In beating David Gilbert, Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire and Higgins to reach the final, O’Sullivan has produced some of the best snooker of anyone at the Crucible and he claimed the key to success in Sheffield is not to have a bad session.
“All through the tournament I have been in and out as I have not been at my best,” the 46-year-old said. “I have been steady and I have always said steady wins this tournament.
“If you can play 70% for 80% of this tournament you have a great chance of winning it.
“It is when you play well for 50% and go missing for half, that’s when it gets a bit dodgy - you can end up playing catch up.
“It is important to be steady in this tournament and not brilliant.”
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Reflecting on his win over Higgins, O’Sullivan said: “It was a tough match. John was granite.
“I could see he was not performing at his best, so it was hard as he was battening down the hatches and it was hard to not get sucked in and just try and play my game, keep my flow, keep my rhythm.
“You know what he is capable of, so you can never relax.”