Snooker League Final - Press Release
World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, determined not to take his
foot off the pedal, ended a spectacularly successful season
on a sweet note tonight. O'Sullivan, still on cloud nine after
capturing the game's most coveted title at the Crucible last
week, lifted his sixth trophy of the campaign by beating Stephen
Hendry 9-7 in the final of the Sportingbet.co.uk Premier Snooker
League at the Inverness Sports Centre.
great to win the world but even though its only six days ago
its history," said O'Sullivan.
important to live in the present. It wouldn't have been the
end of the world if I'd lost but this is a good result for
me and a great way to end the season."
who also got the better of Hendry in the finals of the Regal
Scottish Masters and Irish Masters, collected a winner's cheque
for £60,000. That swelled his total prize money for 2000/2001
to £684,130. That is the third most lucrative season ever
put together. Only Hendry, with £740,194 in 1994/95 and £694,056
during the 1990/91 campaign, has pocketed more.
had an unbelievable season. I can't really get my head around
what I've done," said O'Sullivan, who also defended his China
Open title and scooped £100,000 by triumphing at the Champions
difference has been that when I've turned up at tournaments
not feeling all that clever I've been able to battle. Then
my form has kicked in after a couple of matches and I've got
stronger and stronger."
end of the first session, the pair were locked together at
4-4 but Hendry, thanks to breaks of 127, 56, 92 and a 64 clearance
to snatch the ninth frame on the black, looked set to win
the Premier League for the fifth time when he established
a 7-5 advantage. But the turning point arrived in frame 13
when, with little in it, Hendry potted a black, took the cue-ball
into the pack of reds but unluckily kissed the pink to a distant
really helped me and it was a blow for Stephen," said O'Sullivan,
who stepped in with a run of 43, drew level at 7-7 and breezed
through the closing two frames by constructing breaks of 75
I'm going to play some football get myself fit and enjoy the
summer," said O'Sullivan, who has now won 22 tournaments since
turning professional as a 16 year-old in 1992.
Hendry's fourth defeat in five finals this season. His only
title came at the Rothmans Malta Grand Prix in February.
R. O'Sullivan (England) beat S. Hendry (Scotland) 9-7
scores: 93-0; 4-89; 73-4; 0-86; 81-14; 0-97; 5-110; 55-8;
61-64; 0-127; 67-56; 32-91; 76-41; 86-41; 75-1; 77-28
Final League Table