Ronnie O'Sullivan mounts another stirring comeback to beat Judd Trump and win World Grand Prix

Ronnie O'Sullivan mounts another stirring comeback to beat Judd Trump and win World Grand Prix

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 21/01/2024

- 21:42

Updated: 21/01/2024

- 22:05

Ronnie O'Sullivan mounts another stirring comeback to beat Judd Trump and win World Grand Prix

Ronnie O'Sullivan staged a final comeback for the second week in a row as he came from behind to beat Judd Trump 10-7 and win the World Grand Prix on Sunday.

Just seven days ago, the Rocket trailed Ali Carter 6-3 in the final of the Masters at Alexandra Palace, with few giving him a chance of turning things around.

But he responded by winning that competition and now, a week on, he's repeated the feat.

Trump started the better of the two men, racing into a 4-0 lead with O'Sullivan struggling to find his mojo.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan struggled during the early stages of the World Grand Prix


However, he started to up the ante and was able to head into the evening session 6-3 down - looking visibly happier as a result.

After winning the 10th frame, there was only ever going to be one winner.

O'Sullivan drew level at 6-6 and was playing some of the best snooker of the match, captivating the crowd in Leicester in the process.

He kept his cool to go 7-6 up, with Trump unable to pot a ball in the 13th frame as the match, and the trophy, slipped away.

Trump was 51-0 down in the next frame, with O'Sullivan missing a red to then give his opponent hope.

The 34-year-old required the final black to draw level - only for drama to strike.

Trump missed the final ball on the rail, with referee Alan McManus saying it jagged off the cushion.

The snooker star looked devastated, almost as though he knew what was coming next.

And O'Sullivan then duly stepped up to tap the ball in, edging closer to victory in the process.

There are few characters in sport more unforgiving, and ruthless, than the 48-year-old.

Having edged ahead, O'Sullivan then managed to see out the match - even if Trump pulled on frame back - and add another World Grand Prix to his name to add to his titles from 2018 and 2021 - when he beat Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson respectively.

It is the second time in a week the snooker icon has been pushed all the way, with Carter putting up a strong fight last time out.

But nobody can beat the Rocket, who continues to dominate the sport despite everything he's already achieved so far.

O'Sullivan won't have long to dwell on his latest success, either, with the 48-year-old set to face Alfred Burden on Wednesday.

After that, he's scheduled to play Julien Leclercq in Germany on January 29.


Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan has now won the World Grand Prix for the third time in his glittering career


Reacting to his win, O'Sullivan told ITV: "I enjoyed that, I really did, I enjoyed the game.

"Start of the week I was feeling a bit rough, then I brought myself an air fryer and a smoothie maker.

"I started to feel a bit better and...I don't like eating junk food, it sort of puts me in a funny place.

"So I started to feel better as the week went on, I played some of my best snooker last night against Ding.

"That gave me some confidence coming in to today, I knew I'd have to play well to at least do something well against Judd.

Judd Trump

Ronnie O'Sullivan's brilliance was too much for Judd Trump in the final of the World Grand Prix


"I enjoyed the match. I thought it might be a 10-1 job.

"I managed to win a few frames this afternoon. 5-3 gave me a bit of optimism, I just came out and thought 'try and enjoy the battle'.

"Because you have to enjoy a battle against Judd, he's a warrior.

"For me he's the favourite for the World Championships this year."

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