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Ronnie O'Sullivan won't rule out World Championship title defence despite earlier suggestions of retirement

Updated: Monday, 06 May 2013 21:53 | Comments

Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'I love playing and I'm definitely going to be playing in some smaller events, as to me that's just pure snooker'
Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'I love playing and I'm definitely going to be playing in some smaller events, as to me that's just pure snooker'

Ronnie O'Sullivan hinted he has not ruled out defending his fifth Betfair World Championship title after defeating Barry Hawkins in the final at the Crucible tonight.

O'Sullivan capped his comeback from almost a year out by winning snooker's biggest prize for a fifth time.

The 37-year-old rolled up in Sheffield without any competitive match practice and proceeded to tear through the draw, culminating in an 18-12 triumph against surprise finalist Hawkins.

O'Sullivan, who earlier in the tournament claimed he had returned to pay school fees and would not come back to Sheffield next year, then suggested the door could be still open for another title defence.

"My main motive wasn't to come here and win it. I was kind of bored, sitting on the sidelines with nothing going on and I thought, 'I can do it'. Something to just keep me busy for the next six weeks, preparing for the worlds," he said on BBC2.

"And then coming here, I like Sheffield, I love the tournament and being at the Crucible, so it filled a nice gap of eight weeks and I've got to keep busy now.

"It's been great just to get something back in my life."

"I was kind of bored, sitting on the sidelines with nothing going on and I thought, 'I can do it'"

Asked whether he would be back at the Crucible next year, he replied: "I've had a great time and I enjoyed every moment. I love playing and I'm definitely going to be playing in some smaller events, as to me that's just pure snooker.

"Here, there is a lot going on and it's hard, but I just love playing so I will definitely be playing in some smaller events and we will just see what goes on."

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