Ronnie O'Sullivan of England in action against Barry Hawkins of England during the final of the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Sheffield, England.
Ronnie O'Sullivan of England in action against Barry Hawkins of England during the final of the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Sheffield, England. Warren Little / Getty Images

Ronnie O'Sullivan snares world snooker title for fifth time

ENGLISHMAN Ronnie O'Sullivan came out of the wilderness to be crowned world champion for the fifth time after beating compatriot Barry Hawkins 18-12 at The Crucible in Sheffield yesterday.

O'Sullivan, who had not played for a year, made six century breaks, the most in any World Championship final, on his way to becoming the first player to win consecutive titles since Stephen Hendry in 1996.

He also lived up to his nickname of 'the Rocket' in the 30-frame final.

O'Sullivan's highest break of the final, 133, was compiled in just less than seven minutes, while the average frame time across all the frames was just a shade over 14 minutes.

Despite his triumph, O'Sullivan would not confirm if he woud be back to defend his crown next year.

The 37-year-old said he still "loves" snooker, but admitted he felt "trapped"by the sport.

Australian world No.2 Neil Robertson may have lost in the first round against Robert Milkins, but he did not leave empty-handed.

For recording the highest break of the tournament, 143, Robertson won a golden cue and $A15,000.



Warwick junior football back with huge numbers for season

Warwick junior football back with huge numbers for season

More than 300 young soccer fanatics have already signed up

BREAKING: Reports child missing from Warwick property

BREAKING: Reports child missing from Warwick property

WARWICK social media has lit up over a reported missing child.

State-wide turmoil, Council extends waste management review

State-wide turmoil, Council extends waste management review

Rubbish review delayed amid state-wide turmoil from Chinese ban.

Local Partners