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Regal Ronnie - Welsh Open 2016

Regal Ronnie - Welsh Open 2016

Ronnie O'Sullivan has won his fourth Welsh Open title in style, coming from 5-2 behind to beat Neil Robertson 9-5 in the final at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. 

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Ever since he won his first round match against Barry Pinches, causing controversy by turning down a 147, Ronnie O'Sullivan has been the man in form at this year's Welsh Open, cruising through the tournament in top style before coming up against a reinvigorated Neil Robertson in Sunday's final.

Australia's Robertson got off to the brightest start in the afternoon, producing top runs of 78, 76 and 77 to take a 5-2 lead. He had a chance to take a crucial four frame lead, but Masters champion O'Sullivan took the vital eighth frame to only trail 5-3 at the end of the session.

When they resumed, it was all one way traffic as Robertson couldn't reproduce the form that won him the UK Championship in top style last December, as multiple mistakes allowed O'Sullivan to quickly pull it back to 5-5, before reeling off the last four frames with top breaks of 70 and a 141 in the last.

This victory was O'Sullivan's fourth Welsh Open title, and more importantly put him equal with fellow legends John Higgins and Steve Davis on 28 ranking title wins. Although both himself and Higgins having been playing well this season, it's still a long way to go to overtake Stephen Hendry's tally of 36.

With O'Sullivan not playing in the upcoming PTC Grand Finals or China Open, and yet to confirm whether he will be at the World Grand Prix, the next time we will probably see him on the big stage will be at the Crucible where he aims to win a sixth World Snooker Championship crown, putting him level with his idol Davis.

For all the results and scores from the Welsh Open 2016, head to Snooker.org 

Most Ranking Event Titles:

36 - Stephen Hendry

28 - Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Steve Davis

18 - Mark Williams

Posted Feb 21, 2016   
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