Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan wins third World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) won the 888.Com World Snooker Championship.

In the final he beat tournament surprise Allister Carter (also England) 18-8 to win the trophy and £250,000.

To reach the final O'Sullivan had to beat Liu Chuang (China), Mark J Williams (Wales), Liang Wenbo (China) and Stephen Hendry (Scotland)

This was the third world trophy for O'Sullivan. He also won the championship in 2001 and 2004. In total he's won 20 ranking events.

Defending champion John Higgins (Scotland) lost 13-9 to Ryan Day (Wales) in the second round.

O'Sullivan and Carter both made 147s in the tournament. They therefore had to share the £157,000 jackpot. In total there were 63 centuries in the event.

It was O'Sullivan's record ninth maximum in major competition. Stephen Hendry (Scotland) has eight.

With this win O'Sullivan moves from fifth to first in the new world rankings. Scotland's Stephen Maguire jumps from 10th to second and Shaun Murphy from England stays in third.

Carter's runner-up position takes him to No. 7. Mark Allen from Northern Ireland is the only first-timer in the top 16. 50-year-old Steve Davis (England), Mark J Williams and Ken Doherty (Ireland) are the most prominent names to lose their place in that elite group.

The event took place Apr 18 - May 5 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England. It was the last of seven events on the 2007/2008 Main Tour.

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