Jimmy White predicts how many world titles Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

May 2, 2022
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Ronnie O’Sullivan is on course to equal the record for most World Snooker Championships won (Picture: Getty Images)

Jimmy White believes Ronnie O’Sullivan could end up winning 10 World Snooker Championship titles, smashing Stephen Hendry’s long-held record of seven.

The Rocket is on course to equal Hendry’s record this year, after building a big 12-5 lead over Judd Trump after two sessions of the final at the Crucible.

If he can get over the line then that will be seven World Championship titles to his name and his good friend White reckons he can go much further than that.

If he keeps working hard, practicing and focussed then the Whirlwind can see the Rocket hitting double figures.

‘I think most snooker players would agree he is the greatest player ever, Stephen Hendry would probably say that himself,’ White told Eurosport. ‘But he equals Stephen Hendry’s record, just to confirm it.

‘I did say three or four years ago that if he applies himself right and practices properly, he can win 10, and who’s to say he won’t?’

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O’Sullivan has been very comfortable throughout his Crucible campaign this year (Picture: Getty Images)

World Snooker Tour president Barry Hearn is not making such predictions, but would not be surprised by anything O’Sullivan does, who he considers the greatest player ever to pick up a cue.

‘Trying to factor in everything, you have to make Ronnie the best of all time, don’t you? There’s no question about that,’ Hearn told World Championship sponsors Betfred.

‘Hate to say it, I’d rather be able to tell you that my mate Steve Davis was the greatest of all time, and he was, during his time.

‘Hendry, Higgins, these are all great players. Trump, waiting in the wings, waiting to become a great player in time.

‘He’s a relative youngster, Trump, so who knows how many times he gets his name on the Joe Davis trophy.

‘I have to say Ronnie’s the greatest of all time, I hope I live long enough to find someone who’s better.’

The final continues on Monday with O’Sullivan and Trump in a race to 18 frames, starting at 1pm and again at 7pm.

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