Ronnie O’Sullivan is the 2/9 favourite with bet365 to win the World Snooker Championship but he has revealed that this year could be his last in the sport.
The Rocket has looked in superb form throughout his Crucible run and demonstrated his unparalelled ability with a cue in a 17-10 destruction of two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens in the semi-finals.
Three-time champion O’Sullivan has appeared to have rediscovered his love of the sport, and that has shown on the baize, but now he is considering calling time on his career.
The Crucible has already witnessed the end of one snooker legend’s career when Stephen Hendry retired following his defeat to Stephen Maguire, and now O’Sullivan could be about to follow suit – and he wants to end in style with a fourth world title.
Standing in his way is the man who he beat 18-8 in the 2008 final to land his third world crown, with not many giving Ali Carter a chance of exacting revenge (Carter +5.5 4/5, O’Sullivan -5.5 10/11 handicap Betting with bet365).
O’Sullivan is relaxed going into the final and would love to bow out on a high, and he insists he has made the right call – although retirement is not guaranteed.
“I don’t intend to stay in the game long, even though I feel in a lot better place,” O’Sullivan said.
“I’ve made that decision and this might – I’m not saying it is – be my last time in this tournament.
“There’s no better way for me than to have a good run at Sheffield and get to the final and if I win it, great, absolute bonus.
“I’ve had a fantastic time and it’s got to come to an end sooner or later. I don’t want to drag it out too long. I always said I’d like to go out on a high and getting to this final has been great. I’d love to go on and win it now.”