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World Champion O'Sullivan guarded over snooker future

Ronnie O'Sullivan refused to say for definite if he would return to the Crucible Theatre after retaining snooker's World Championship title at the Sheffield venue with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins on Monday. His fifth World Championship title in total was all the more impressive as O'Sullivan had effectively taken a year out from the sport since his 2012 triumph. Fans' favourite O'Sullivan said during this year's edition that he was only playing to pay his son's overdue school fees and, not for the first time, threatened to retire from snooker.

O'Sullivan retains Snooker World Championship crown

Ronnie O'Sullivan retained snooker's World Championship title with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Monday. O'Sullivan's victory saw him become the first player to mount a successful title defence since Stephen Hendry in 1996 and gave the 37-year-old his fifth world championship in total. His latest World Championship was all the more impressive as O'Sullivan had effectively taken a year out from the sport since his 2012 Crucible triumph.

Snooker: World Championship result

Results from the snooker World Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Monday: Final (best of 35 frames) Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) leads Barry Hawkins (ENG) 13-9 Match ongoing Monday afp

Snooker: World Championship results

Results from the snooker World Championships at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Sunday: Final (best of 35 frames): Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) leads Barry Hawkins (ENG) 10-7 Match concludes Monday afp

Snooker: World Championship results

Quarter-final scores on Wednesday from the snooker World Championships: Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames) Barry Hawkins (ENG) bt Ding Junhui (CHN) 13-7 Judd Trump (ENG) bt Shaun Murphy (ENG) 13-12 afp

Snooker: Ding out of worlds as Hawkins wins

Ding Junhui's hopes of becoming the first Chinese player to win the world snooker title will have to be put on hold for another year following a 13-7 quarter-final defeat by England's Barry Hawkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Wednesday. The match was still in the balance, with Hawkins only two frames in front at 9-7, when the best of 25-frame contest resumed Tuesday. But Hawkins made short work of former UK and Masters champion Ding by reeling off the four frames he needed to claim his second major scalp of the tournament.

Snooker: Ding out of worlds as Hawkins wins

Ding Junhui's hopes of becoming the first Chinese player to win the world snooker title are on hold for another year following a 13-7 quarter-final defeat by England's Barry Hawkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Wednesday. The match was still in the balance, with Hawkins only two frames in front at 9-7, when the best of 25-frame contest resumed on Tuesday. But Hawkins made short work of former UK and Masters champion Ding by reeling off the four frames he needed to claim his second major scalp of the tournament.

Snooker: Ding out of worlds as Hawkins wins

Ding Junhui's hopes of becoming the first Chinese player to win the world snooker title will have to be put on hold for another year following a 13-7 quarter-final defeat by England's Barry Hawkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Tuesday. The match was still in the balance, with Hawkins only two frames in front at 9-7, when the best of 25-frame contest resumed Tuesday. But Hawkins made short work of former UK and Masters champion Ding by reeling off the four frames he needed to claim his second major scalp of the tournament.

Snooker: World Championship results

Second-round results on Sunday from the snooker World Championships: 2nd rd (best of 25 frames) Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) leads Ali Carter (ENG) 9-7 Ding Junhui (CHN) leads Mark King (ENG) 9-7 Ricky Walden (ENG) leads Robert Milkins (ENG) 9-3 Stuart Bingham (ENG) leads Mark Davis (ENG) 7-5 afp

Snooker: World Championship results

Second-round results on Saturday from the snooker World Championships: 2nd rd (best of 25 frames) Barry Hawkins (ENG) bt Mark Selby (ENG) 13-10 Judd Trump (ENG) bt Marco Fu (HKG) 13-7 afp
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