O'Sullivan takes share of records

Ruben Hill
December 11, 2017

O'Sullivan has five world titles and seven wins at the Masters to go with his six United Kingdom crowns.

O Sullivan, who was beaten by Mark Selby in previous year s final in York, went into the second session level at 4-4 with his fellow Englishman Murphy.

O'Sullivan said after his latest big-stage victory: "The records are great".

O'Sullivan said: "I tried my best all week and there's nothing left. I just can t believe I m still playing at 42 with all these grey hairs, I m old enough to be some of these players dads".

But it was frustration yet again for almost man Murphy - who has lost in three ranking final events this term.

O'Sullivan will go in search of an eighth Masters title and the outright record in snooker's Triple Crown at Alexandra Palace in January, taking on Marco Fu in the first round.

"I want to congratulate Ronnie for equalling the record".

Murphy praised O'Sullivan for taking his sixth United Kingdom title, adding: "It's an absolute phenomenal achievement".

"I've had a phenomenal 12 days - the fans have made it so special".

He added: "It's not the end I wanted to the fortnight I've had".

The tournament looked to be going the way of a surprise victor at the last-16 stage when the likes of Selby and former champions Judd Trump and Ding Junhui suffered early exits.

He started the evening strongly to forge ahead, only for Murphy to hit back with a fine break of 80.

Murphy missed the seventh black in a 147 maximum break attempt in the 14th frame, and O'Sullivan made his 86, each ball dropping into the pocket a dagger to the heart of his opponent.

Five-time victor Ronnie O'Sullivan reached semifinals of the UK Championship, one of snooker's most historic and prestigious tournaments, by beating Martin Gould 6-3 at the York Barbican.

"He is also one of the greatest sporting personalities this country has ever produced".

The five-time world champion struck three centuries in a high-quality final to win the tournament for the second time in three years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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