Ronnie O’Sullivan lifted the World Championship trophy for a fifth time on this present day in 2013 after banishing his demons to safe Crucible glory.
After going into self-imposed exile from snooker for nearly a 12 months, O’Sullivan rolled up in Sheffield with none aggressive match apply and proceeded to tear via the draw, culminating in an 18-12 triumph in opposition to shock finalist Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins, the 34-year-old world quantity 14 from Kent, emerged from their tussle with large credit score, within the largest match of his life.
His reward was £125,000 – greater than treble the dimensions of his earlier highest pay cheque – and the respect of his opponent and the watching hundreds of thousands.
However O’Sullivan magisterially took the title, turning into the primary man to efficiently defend the world title since Stephen Hendry in 1996.
He did so in record-breaking fashion too, along with his six centuries yet another than any participant has managed earlier than in a World Championship closing, and along with his profession complete of three-figure Crucible breaks now at 131, 4 forward of former front-runner Hendry’s haul.
“It’s a must to face your demons throughout this event and that’s why it’s such a tough event to win,” O’Sullivan mentioned.
“Within the closing I had every thing to lose and nothing to achieve.
“Folks mentioned it could be a procession, however everybody on the snooker circuit is aware of what an excellent participant Barry is.”
Pressed on whether or not he would return to defend his title, O’Sullivan added: “I can’t say that I’m, as a result of I had my 12 months out and loved my 12 months out.
“Now I’ve acquired to get pleasure from one of the vital wonderful issues I’ve ever completed, retaining the World Championship title.
“I’m effectively outfitted to win extra titles but it surely’s not straightforward.”
O’Sullivan reached the ultimate the next 12 months however has gone on to win the event on two extra events, most lately earlier this week, when he overcame Judd Trump 18–13 within the closing to equal Hendry’s document of seven world titles.