Snooker legend Ronnie O’ Sullivan beat Mark Allen 10-6 at the Barbican in York to win the 2018 UK Championship.
O’Sullivan dominated the final, at one point winning six frames in a row. However, the first few frames seemed to be an equal match between the two. The two players exchanged frames, with Allen winning the opening one with O’Sullivan replying to draw level. The pair then each won frames again to go 2-2. But, O’Sullivan coming in to the final as the favourite began to show why he was seeded 1st as he proceeded to win 5 more games in a row before the end of the afternoon session. At the break, O’Sullivan had a commanding lead up 6-2.
Coming out of the break, O’Sullivan then proceeded to take another game to further his seemingly unassailable lead. But his Northern Irish opponent won the next frame then made his largest break of 105 to dent the number one’s lead. Despite this dent, it was to be the Englishman’s day as he continued to edge out Allen. Winning two more games, even with the Northern Irishman drawing two more back to momentarily frustrate O’Sullivan, the world number one had a break of 78 to close the match.
With the win, O’Sullivan overtook Stephen Hendry to have finally won the most Triple Crown events. The title win does not only mean O’Sullivan has this new record but also that he walked away with the winners share of £170,000, substantially more than the £70,000 he received as a 17 year-old winning the tournament back in 1993.He remains the youngest player to win a ranking event.
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