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Ronnie O'Sullivan fights back to clinch World Grand Prix title with 10-7 victory over Judd Trump

O'Sullivan: "I enjoyed the battle. When I play snooker, I feel young in my head. I knock about 20 years off. As long as I'm still feeling young at the table I don't think age is an issue. Experience is helping me, I've got a lot. I'm probably a better all-round player than I've ever been"

Image: Ronnie O'Sullivan lifted the World Grand Prix trophy for the third time on Sunday

Ronnie O'Sullivan came from 4-0 down to beat Judd Trump 10-7 in the final of the World Grand Prix, extending his marvellous run to 14 consecutive match wins and three straight titles.

And after the match the in-form seven-time world champion credited two purchases earlier in the week, and not eating junk food, for his latest triumph.

"I enjoyed that, I really did," O'Sullivan said.

"The start of the week I was feeling a bit rough then I bought myself an air fryer and a smoothie maker and started eating a bit better.

"I don't like eating junk food, it puts me in a funny place. I started to feel better as the week went on. I played some of my best snooker last night against Ding [Junhui].

"It gave me some confidence for today because I knew I'd have to at least do something well against Judd."

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Image: Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Judd Trump 10-7 in the final of the World Grand Prix

In a golden spell dating back to November, O'Sullivan has landed trophies at the UK Championship, the Masters and now this week's event in Leicester.

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He also captured the Shanghai Masters title in September, and remarkably at the age of 48 he could be closing in on the best season of his career. He brings his tally of ranking titles to 41 - well clear of Stephen Hendry's 36 in the all-time list - and his prize money for the season close to £900,000.

In terms of standard, this was not a match that lived up to its billing, as the best two players of the season so far went head-to-head. The highest break was just 74, while O'Sullivan won only one frame in a single visit - in contrast to his imperious display in a 6-1 defeat of Ding Junhui in Saturday's semi-finals.

After a strong start, Trump failed to capitalise on his early advantage, making errors at key moments as he let slip a 6-3 lead, losing seven of the last eight frames.

In an earlier stage of his career, O'Sullivan might have lacked the resilience to battle back without his A game, but these days his mental toughness is a huge asset, and just as he did against Ali Carter in the Masters final a week ago, he grew stronger as the night progressed.

'I'm probably a better all-round player than I've ever been'

The Rocket takes the World Grand Prix title for the third time, having won it in 2018 and 2021. He extends his lead at the top of the world rankings, and has now won his last three finals against Trump, having lost seven of their first ten.

Image: The win is O'Sullivan's 14th match victory in succession

"He blasted me off the table at 4-0, I was thinking it could be an early night and a 10-1 job!" said O'Sullivan.

"I managed to nick a few frames in the afternoon, 5-3 gave me a bit of optimism, I came out and thought 'just try!'

"I enjoyed the battle. You have to battle against Judd because he's a warrior. For me, he's [Trump's] the favourite for the World Championship this year. He's strong.

"When I play snooker, I feel young in my head. I knock about 20 years off when I'm playing. As long as I'm still feeling young at the table I don't think age is really an issue. I think the experience is helping me, I've got a lot of it.

"I've won a lot of tournaments, been around the world, learned a lot about the game. I think I'm probably a better all-round player than I've ever been."

Bristol's 34-year-old Trump banks £40,000 as runner-up but missed out on a 27th career ranking title and fourth of the season having won three in a row in October during his own purple patch, which covered 22 consecutive match wins.

Judd Trump toughed out a deciding frame to beat Kyren Wilson in the first round of the Masters
Image: Trump had led O'Sullivan 4-0 and 6-3 before being reeled in by the Rocket

Trump led 5-3 after the first session and extended his advantage in the first frame of the evening, making a break of 66 then wrapping it up after O'Sullivan missed a tough pot on the final brown.

Breaks of 58, 56 and 75 saw O'Sullivan start his comeback as he closed to 6-5. In frame 12, Trump led 57-30 when he played a weak safety on the last red, handing his opponent the chance to slot in a mid-range pot and clear to square the match.

After the interval, O'Sullivan's run of 52 helped him take the lead for the first time. He led 51-0 in frame 14 when he missed a red to a top corner, and Trump was on the verge of an excellent clearance until he left a tricky pot on the final black in the jaws, allowing O'Sullivan to go 8-6 up.

Image: O'Sullivan is arguably in the form of his career at the age of 48

Again in the 15th Trump had a chance to clear, after an excellent pot on the last red, but a difficult cut on the brown rattled in a baulk corner pocket and stayed above the baize, and he was soon three down with four to play.

Having lost six frames in a row, Trump pulled one back with a 73 for 9-7. In frame 17, O'Sullivan made 52 before missing a red to corner with the winning line just a few pots away.

Trump might have cleared but lost position on the yellow, then misjudged a safety and left it close to a baulk pocket. A full house at the Morningside Arena rose to applaud O'Sullivan as he potted the colours to secure the title.


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