A victory in sneakers: O'Sullivan wins 2014 UK Championship

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Ronnie O'Sullivan - the 2014 UK Championship winner
Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Judd Trump 10-9 after a tremendous battle of cues and nerves to win his 5th UK Championship crown. Although the first part of the match was pretty much a one-sided one, Ronnie leading by 5-3, the last session proved to be a genuine snooker drama, Trump taking Ronnie all the way to a decider.

As the lads re-entered the arena in the company of referee Terry Camilleri, the final of this year's Coral UK Championship began. There was no turning back for at the end of the day a new (or old) champion will arise.

Trump was the first in with a chance, a much-needed one considering that he was two frames behind, but unfortunately he broke down on a 48 break after missing a red, this clearing the way for Ronnie and a 53 break that was putting him at 6-3.

Judd Trump - the 2014 UK Championship runner-up
Almost in a xeroxed manner the next frame started in the same way: with Trump as favourite this time though losing position on 56, his opponent using runs of 36 and 31 to grab one more frame. However, a tiny 48 break in frame 11 was proving just was Judd needed to keep his hopes alive. It was 7-4.

But Ronnie was in the mood for the kill, a brilliant 133 clearance and breaks of 54 and 35 helping him to land one step away from the victory line, at 9-4. Surely this was going to be the end for young Judd.

Surely not, would be the right answer, as the Bristol-man won a scrappy affair with a top break of 40 followed by some very special snooker treats: breaks of 120, 127 and 86 to go 9-8 behind.

The lads congratulating each other
With almost 39 minutes since his last pot O'Sullivan started the 18th frame, but missed the black of its spot on 21, followed by losing position on a 38 break, thus Judd capitalising with a beautiful 67 clearance to force the decider.

It was starting to look like the 2010 UK Championship final between John Higgins and Mark Williams, the Scotsman being 9-5 down before performing a magnificent comeback and win the title with a 10-9 scoreline.

Still, this wasn't to be the case for Trump, as O'Sullivan took care of sealing his victory with a 51 break and a punch in the air.

One very happy Rocket!
In the interview taken by Hazel Irvine, Ronnie confessed he was "gone to be honest" at 9-4 and lost his focus while seeing Trump potting one ball after another. The Rocket added that he hopes not to have these sort of matches in the near future and joked about not wanting to face Trump too soon.

So, here it is: after starting the tournament with a strained ankle that caused him to consider pulling out of the event after the first match and after wearing those horrendous sneakers for the entire time, Ronnie O'Sullivan proved that no matter what, as long as you put in the work, the talent and the belief you can win in style.