Snooker: O'Sullivan into UK Championship final
PUBLISHED: 18:02 09 December 2017
Snooker has kept Ronnie O'Sullivan from going off the rails according to the five-time world champion as he made yet another ranking tournament final.
The Rocket clocked up three half-century breaks to cruise into a 4-0 lead against a beleaguered Stephen Maguire at the Betway UK Championship.
The Scot eventually fought back to win four frames in the next five before the Romford potter, who posted 111 in the seventh frame, rediscovered his form to make a break of 63 and clinch the contest.
And while the Rocket hasn’t been at his explosive best at the York Barbican, O’Sullivan does believe snooker has kept him on the straight and narrow.
He said: “I think playing snooker just keeps me out of trouble and that’s how I look at it. It forces me to behave myself, to keep fit and eat well.
“I see snooker as a good thing for that, otherwise I’d probably go off the rails. There’s nothing wrong with going off the rails either, I’ve got all that to come.”
O’Sullivan has now made seven finals at the competition, losing only once against Mark Selby in a thrilling contest last season.
But he claims he could’ve fallen at a much earlier stage of proceedings had one of his opponents brought their best game.
“I’ve got lucky, everyone’s seemed to struggle against me and you’ve seen it for yourself, I’ve definitely not been producing what I have been producing over the last couple of months,” he admitted.
“I suppose to get to the final having not played my best is not a bad thing.
“I feel like I’ve just scrambled and scrambled. If I was to win the trophy this year I’d have still enjoyed last year much more than this year, but you have to look at it like a job and be professional.
“I’m trying as hard as I can and play the best I can. If it’s good enough then great and if it isn’t then so be it.
“You’ve got to tough it out sometimes, there’s no player in the game that can play bad and win apart from Mark Selby, he’s the only guy.
“I’ve felt like this week I’ve dug in and it’s all down to positive mental attitude.”
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