O'Sullivan Races to 4th Welsh Open Title
February 22, 2016 16:58
Ronnie O'Sullivan came from 5-3 down against Neil Robertson yesterday to win his fourth Welsh Open title.
The man from Romford was the in-form player all week at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff amassing 9 century breaks en route to the final.
The final was a strange game though with neither player really getting a grip on proceedings in the first session. O'Sullivan uncharacteristically missed a number of pots that allowed Robertson to capitalise and take the early lead. There were no century breaks in the entire first 8 frames which is very surprising considering the two players involved in the final.
Heading into the interval Robertson was 5-2 in front but didn't take his chances, chances that would have really punished O'Sullivan and put him under real pressure going into the evening session. This meant that the Rocket got across the line to leave him only 2 frames behind.
The difference here was a real psychological one, a four frame difference although possible would have been much more difficult than the two he then faced.
The interval obviously went well for O'Sullivan who then came back into the arena and won the next 6 frames on the bounce including a fantastic 141 total clearance in what proved to be the final frame.
If Robertson would have taken his chances then the scorelines could have been quite different but he had to settle for second and a £30,000 runners-up cheque.
O'Sullivan on the other hand left Wales with the trophy and a cheque for £60,000 - it now means in 2016 Ronnie has played 19 competitive matches and won them all, it looks good for him to be lifting his 6th World title come the start of May.
The tour moves on to the Gydnia Open this weekend.