Ronnie O'Sullivan already eyeing his 8th snooker world title

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has teased he will return to compete for his eighth World Championship after "17 days of graft" to secure a record-equalling seventh title.

The Rocket beat Judd Trump 18-13 on Monday (May 2) evening to match Stephen Hendry’s tally. He also became the oldest winner at the Crucible at the age of 46.

Reflecting on his victory in a social media post, O'Sullivan said the records don't matter to him, but also suggested he could yet go for number eight. He wrote on Instagram: "What a night! 17 days of graft and finally no.7 is in the bag.

"It’s not about records for me but winning it with my family there and against such an incredible player as Judd Trump means the world to me. The snooker gods were on my side this time.

"Thanks so much for all your support. I love my time in Sheffield! Back for no.8….." O'Sullvian rounded off his post with a thinking face emoji to leave fans in suspense.

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England's Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after his victory over England's Judd Trump in the World Championship Snooker final at The Crucible in Sheffield, England on May 2, 2022
O'Sullivan said it took "17 days of graft" to match Stephen Hendry's tally

Immediately after lifting the trophy he told the Crucible crowd he "probably" would come back, leaving his options open for next year. “I’ve detached emotionally for the last eight years, I treat every tournament like a training camp. I like to win but it’s not the be-all and end-all,” said O'Sullivan.

“This just brings out the worst in me. So I don’t know whether it’s a good idea but I’ll probably go again next year because I’m a glutton for punishment.”

Hendry is convinced O'Sullivan won't be able to stay away. "It’s an honour to be at seven world titles with Ronnie,” he said. “He’s an artist. He’s a winning machine. He says he’s not bothered about records but he will want eight.”

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