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July 30, 2021
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Ronnie O’Sullivan defends world snooker title

Ronnie O’Sullivan was the toast of Sheffield on Monday night as he beat Barry Hawkins 18-12 to become the first player for 17 years to make a successful defence of the World Championship, according to “The Independent”.

The “Rocket” – who had taken almost a year out of the game – resumed with a commanding 15-10 lead for the last session of their best-of-35-frames final at snooker’s showpiece tournament. And that meant the sport’s box office star required only three more frames to secure an impressive fifth world title and the GBP 250,000 prize.O’Sullivan needed just over an hour to do that as he eased to victory against Hawkins, the world No 14, who produced a spirited performance in his first Crucible final. With victory O’Sullivan became the first player since Stephen Hendry, the seven-time world champion, in 1996 to make a successful world title defence.

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