Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan wins fifth World Championship crown

London, May 7 : English professional snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fifth World Championship crown and compiled a new record of six centuries in a Crucible final following a 18-12 victory over fellow Englishman Barry Hawkins.

According to the BBC, O'Sullivan is the third man to retain the title at the venue, adding that he is the fourth player, after Stephen Hendry (1997), John Higgins (1998) and Matthew Stevens (2000), to make five tons in a Crucible final.

However, O'Sullivan paid tribute to Hawkins, saying that the Kent left-hander had given him a 'brilliant tournament' and had forced him to apply his skills to the maximum, adding that he found it very difficult to defeat Hawkins.

According to the report, O'Sullivan played some of his most fluent snooker of the tournament, making four century breaks to surpass seven-time world champion Hendry's previous record of 127 at the Crucible and take a 10-7 overnight lead.

Praising O'Sullivan, Hawkins said that the easy way in which Hawkins plays is frightening for most players, adding that he is glad that he made a game of it and pushed him a bit.

According to Hawkins, although he is disappointed that he lost, he feels gratified by the fact that he lost against one of the best players in the world.

--ANI (Posted on 07-05-2013)

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