Ronnie O’Sullivan Assesses Mark Selby’s World Championship Odds
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Ronnie O’Sullivan Assesses Mark Selby’s World Championship Odds

15 February 2024
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Ronnie O’Sullivan Assesses Mark Selby’s World Championship Odds

Selby's Redemption

As the World Snooker Championship draws near, Ronnie O’Sullivan remains unfazed by Mark Selby's recent form slump. To O'Sullivan, the unpredictable nature of the game means Selby could easily rediscover his winning touch at any moment.

Despite suffering a surprising 4-2 defeat to Aaron Hill in the Welsh Open, Selby's journey this season hasn't been entirely bleak. While still chasing his first title of the season, he's made notable appearances in the British Open final and a couple of semi-finals. Off the table, he's been candid about facing personal challenges.

With the World Championship looming, Selby aims to hit his stride before the showdown in Sheffield. O'Sullivan, for one, anticipates Selby's resurgence, acknowledging the latter's knack for producing top-notch performances seemingly out of thin air.

O’Sullivan said; 'I know I’ve won some tournaments this year, but my performances, everybody’s said it, they’ve been absolutely awful but I’ve just managed to find a way to win.' ‘But he is like me in that way in that it can just click and he can play well like he did last year,' he added.

Reflecting on their shared sporadic brilliance, O'Sullivan quips, "He’s a bit like me, we’re both really awful or it can just click and play really well." Despite his own self-critique on recent performances, O'Sullivan recognizes Selby's capacity to elevate his game, drawing parallels between their mercurial styles.

Recalling Selby's triumphant moments amidst last year's struggles, O'Sullivan emphasizes not to underestimate the four-time world champion's ability to bounce back. Hill, the young Irishman who handed Selby the recent defeat, is also making waves, impressing O'Sullivan with his assertive approach and positive playstyle.

Hill's ambition to make his mark at the Crucible isn't going unnoticed, especially after his victory over Selby. O'Sullivan admires Hill's confident demeanor and aggressive shot-making, believing in the adage that playing the game with conviction eventually yields rewards.

As Hill gears up for his next challenge against Fan Zhengyi in the Welsh Open, the snooker world awaits eagerly to see if he can continue his ascent and perhaps make his debut at the prestigious Crucible Theatre.

Persons 4 in the news

Chinese professional snooker player
1 place
Irish professional snooker player
2 place
English professional snooker player
3 place
English professional snooker player
4 place
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