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Monday, 20 January 2014 00:14

Ronnie O’Sullivan wins 5th Masters

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Ronnie O’Sullivan did it again and took his fifth Masters title, beating Mark Selby 10-4 at the Alexandra Palace.

Ronnie has always been one of the fans’ favourites and most loved, so it will be a popular result. Snooker sports betting fans would have enjoyed themselves, especially with the betting in play action that is always available for snooker matches. Ronnie O’Sullivan lived up to his reputation with a blistering lead, winning the first five frames and ending the first session 7-1 in front. From then on, it looked a near enough certainty that the World Champion would get his hands on the trophy that he last held in 2009, after being runner up in 2010.

The world number, Mark Selby was a worthy finalist and one has to feel for him as this was the fifth time in seven years that he has reached the finals. However, like in all high pressured tournaments, one must be able to captalise and take chances when they present themselves. In Mark’s case, the match could have had a different outcome, if only he had won the seventh frame, and this would have closed the gap and made the fight a bit more interesting but it was not to be. Selby later admitted that ‘the damage was done in the first session and you need to be on top’, and one would have to agree.

One should not take anything away from a brilliant performance from Ronnie O’Sullivan. For all his faults and misgivings about the sport, and his thoughts on retiring, the man still remains a force to reckon with and even surprises himself on occasion! Ronnie actually admitted after the match that ‘it is a miracle, I don’t know how I won this week’, and these admissions by the 38 year old only makes him even more adulated by his fans and the snooker world!