Facing Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan: ‘He’s washed and dusted, shouldn’t even be here’
Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on Mark Williams within the World Championship quarter-final (Image: Getty Photos)
Requested to evaluate the sport of World Championship opponent Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan sounded as dismissive as may very well be: ‘He’s all accomplished and dusted, shouldn’t even be right here.’
So usually with the Rocket you aren’t certain whether or not he’s joking or not, however the chuckle that ended that assertion confirmed that his tongue was firmly in his cheek.
The five-time world champion takes on three-time world champion Williams within the quarter-finals on the Crucible beginning on Monday because the legend of the Class of 92 proceed to journey excessive.
O’Sullivan blasted the younger expertise in snooker, saying he must lose an arm and a leg to drop out of the world’s prime 50, which is why the veterans are nonetheless going robust.
Requested to evaluate Williams’ sport in the intervening time, Ronnie mentioned: ‘He’s 45, he’s all accomplished and dusted, shouldn’t even be right here. I don’t know what he’s doing right here.’
The Welshman, just like the Rocket, has seemed to take the strain off himself at this stage of his profession and attempt to simply play for enjoyment, one thing that O’Sullivan says is essential.
‘I believe you need to in some unspecified time in the future as a result of there’s solely a lot strain you’ll be able to take,’ defined Ronnie. ‘All of us love this sport. Even Ray Reardon at 78, he nonetheless desires to get his cue out of the case, however it must be in your phrases in some unspecified time in the future.
‘Once you’re youthful you’ve acquired all of the starvation and want, you need to win these tournaments.
‘Then it’s like something. I have a look at it like people who find themselves CEOs of corporations, they find yourself going to 4 or 5 totally different corporations of their profession only for a change, to clean up.
‘We simply play the identical sport, we will’t simply go and take up golf or boxing to freshen it up. In some unspecified time in the future you need to get your self motivated, whether or not that’s taking the strain off, whether or not that’s getting one other pastime or job or one thing simply to maintain you contemporary.’
O’Sullivan booked his date with the Welsh Potting Machine because of a formidable 13-10 victory over Ding Junhui within the second spherical.
He feels he might want to enhance in opposition to Williams, however he reminded viewers that in the end, he doesn’t actually care whether or not he wins or loses.
‘Hopefully I can play alright and provides him a little bit of a sport, however the best way I’ve been taking part in I’ve acquired to tighten up a bit and play a bit higher,’ he mentioned.
‘However to be sincere with you I don’t actually care anymore, I care after I get on the market however in any other case I’m fairly good at switching off and it’s only a little bit of enjoyable actually.
‘There’s so many extra essential issues occurring in my life and all people else’s life that you need to be capable to come and have some enjoyable, that’s the important thing actually.’
This would be the fifth time O’Sullivan and Williams have met on the Crucible, with the Rocket profitable all 4 of the earlier encounters.
They first met professionally in 1994, however O’Sullivan remembers their historical past going even additional again than that.
‘Individuals overlook, we have been taking part in on the junior circuit from 1986 onwards, me and Williams have been taking part in in Professional-Ams collectively on a regular basis,’ the Rocket instructed Betfred.
‘Then Higgins come alongside I believe in ’89 so me and Williams had two or three years of battling one another then we had this little Scottish fella come alongside, Higgins.
‘I’ve seemed and thought: “Who’s this little geezer?”
‘So we’ve had plenty of battles as juniors, amateurs and now professionals, so we’ve been in one another’s heads for most likely 34 years now.’
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