World Championship - Rocket Ronnie captures fifth title
|The champ Ronnie O'Sullivan and his son|
"Blink and you'll miss him!" said Rob Walker's in his intro for the Rocket and boy was he right. The man practically flew towards the victory and although The Hawk put an enormous pressure on him, Ronnie still managed to keep his head straight and go on to win his fifth world title, thus getting a cosy place next to stars like Stephen Hendry (7 world titles), Steve Davis or Ray Reardon (both with 6 titles each).
|Barry Hawkins getting his silver medal from Barry Hearn|
Not even a very talented and eager-to-win Barry Hawkins who reached the final of the World Championship for the first time in his career and who, although didn't succeed to win the title, made a marvellous impression on the audience and on the millions of viewers from home.
The third session ended on a 15-10 scoreline, Hawkins being punished for each and every miss he committed, but the story seemed to change when the last session kicked off and with it, the Hawk's fury.
|The finalists: The Hawk and the Rocket|
But it wasn't to be, as O'Sullivan used breaks of 77, 88 and another 88 to get on an 18-12 victory and lift the most precious trophy snooker possess.
Fist in the air, a huge smile, sharing this magical experience with his son, Ronnie Jr, emotional interview with Hazel Irwin, trophy raised - that's how 17-day of snooker ended and that's how Ronnie O'Sullivan stunned us again.
Stating that he's here to stay, although he might just play in small events, and that snooker is still part of his life, Ronnie congratulated his opponent, Barry Hawkins, for a tremendous job and for putting pressure on him.
|Fist in the air - Ronnie's done it again!|
So peeps this is it! Another 17-days of cue-crossings finished and although it probably wasn't one of the most memorable World Championships, the final was a great one - so, well played Barry Hawkins (for whom I see a great season ahead) and well played Ronnie O'Sullivan (you're not getting anything from me here, the man is too unpredictable!)