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O'Sullivan comes out on top in Cov'
09 Nov 2014 22:10
Ronnie O'Sullivan retained his Champion of Champions title in Coventry by seeing off Judd Trump in a high-class battle.
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The five-time world champion looked to be cruising at 8-3 ahead before Trump roared back to 8-7 in the first-to-10 contest at the Ricoh Arena.
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But O'Sullivan had enough about him to get to the line first and take a 10-7 win and a £100,000 cheque.
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Age is serving to make O'Sullivan better, with the Essex man, who turns 39 next month, retaining the consistency that so often eluded him in his early days.
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His numbers against Trump were simply stunning, compiling breaks of 137, 78, 80, 87, 134, 139, 70, 70 and 109, but a rot-stopping 63 to go out to 9-7 proved to be the most valuable.
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Trump - who made 102 and 100 himself - was rampant at that point but O'Sullivan gave himself a chance with the knock made without use of the blue or black. Even then Trump was not done and had a chance to clear on the colours to force a re-spot but went in-off the green.
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Trump decided he had nothing to lose after that and took on a long red at the start of the 17th.
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He got nowhere near and O'Sullivan slammed in a fourth century of the match and a seventh of the week.
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Four of the top five breaks also have his name next to them.
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"I just played as well as I could," O'Sullivan told ITV4 afterwards.
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"I would like to say well done to Judd as he had a great tournament. He pots so well and doesn't get worried that I didn't know what to do today."
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