Ronnie O’Sullivan has suggested his snooker retirement isn’t close yet because he enjoys the game too much after clinching his first title for 16 months. The snooker legend has now won 38 ranking events during his illustrious career.
O’Sullivan came from 7-5 behind to defeat Neil Robertson 10-8 in the World Grand Prix final in Coventry on Sunday.
It was the first title he had won since last year’s World Championship as the 46-year-old produced a scintillating performance at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
And O’Sullivan admitted he was happy to still be involved in the sport as he hinted he will stave off retirement a little longer just yet.
“I’m just appreciative to still be able to play,” said the snooker genius.
“Forty-six – it is still good to be playing. Most of the other great players didn’t win much past their early 30s.”
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“Okay, I’ve won tonight but losses aren’t that bad either. I just want to enjoy life.”
O’Sullivan had lost his previous five finals and has suffered with inconsistent performances in recent times.
And he admits he always feels much better after he has put in a fine display.
“People like me and Alex Higgins are bit unpredictable I suppose,” said O’Sullivan.
“It is like a feeling you are looking for. When you get the feeling, it is bang, and you’re off and running again.
“I’d rather play well and lose and be involved in a good match than win and play awful.
“If I had won that without finding a gear, I’d have been sitting really disappointed and felt bad for the fans.
“But because I got a little buzz, the match finished well and Neil played good so it was alright.
“But when you are stinking gaffes out, it is not a nice feeling. You don’t feel good about it.”
O’Sullivan will now turn his attentions to next month’s Masters, where he is set to face Jack Lisowski in the opening match of a competition he first won in 1995.