Ronnie O’Sullivan cannot see anyone beating Mark Selby at the World Snooker Championship. Rocket has piled pressure on the four-time champion to go all the way and beat either Luca Brecel or Si Jiahui in the final.
O’Sullivan was dumped out of the competition at the quarter-final stage by Belgian player Brecel earlier this week. The 47-year-old was stopped in his quest of winning a record eighth World Championship in the modern era.
Selby, who last won the tournament in 2021, is now the favourite to win it for a fifth time. The Leicester-born star is currently trailing Northern Irishman Mark Allen in the semi-final.
Allen took a 5-3 lead from the first session of the best-of-33-match on Thursday. The clash will resume on Friday afternoon and reach a conclusion on Saturday evening.
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Speaking on Eurosport, O’Sullivan says experience is key to winning at the Crucible. Selby is the only previous champion still in the competition and he thinks that will be key.
O’Sullivan said: “You come to Sheffield and you have a range. You can’t play brilliantly every match, all the time.
“There is a range. If your bad is here and your good is here, you are going to drop at some point, but it’s about keeping it in that range.
“It can buy you some time, a 4-4, a 5-3. And then when you play well, if you can go 6-2, 7-1, you are looking at a lead. That is how you look at your range.”
Si Jiahui has got off to a strong start in his semi-final against O’Sullivan’s conqueror Brecel. But O’Sullivan does not think either player has the tools to cause Selby trouble over a four-session match.
He added: “In these four-session games, people are up close watching you and can see if you are not on it and you think ‘that’s my chance’. That is where these matches can turn.
“That’s the thing with Selby this season, and this tournament in particular, he has been very consistent. When you have that behind you, it is such a lovely place to be.
“For me, he is about as big a favourite as you can get in this tournament. I just can’t see anyone breaking him down.”
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