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O'Sullivan becomes oldest UK champion by beating Chin's Ding

O'Sullivan becomes oldest UK champion by beating Chin's Ding
December 4, 2023 Web Desk

LONDON (Reuters) - Ronnie O'Sullivan became the oldest UK snooker champion as he secured a 10-7 victory over China's Ding Junhui to claim a record-extending eighth title in York on Sunday.

The career of seven-time world champion O'Sullivan, who turns 48 on Tuesday, has come full circle after he was the youngest player to win the UK Championship in 1993 at 17. "Each tournament I win and play in, I take great pleasure from," O'Sullivan, known as 'The Rocket' told the BBC.

"I had to come out and have a good head. There was a big crowd and I wanted to leave blood, sweat and tears on the table. I came out and gave it my all and I love competing.

"I always keep beating myself up because of the age thing. I keep thinking at some point you have to stop winning but I am doing all right and I will keep on going until the wheels fall off."

O'Sullivan's triumph over Ding saw the Englishman add the 40th ranking title to his remarkable trophy collection.