Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘making an attempt to suss why he is not feeling good’ earlier than World Champs

Record-hunter Ronnie O’Sullivan is in a determined seek for successful type as he seems to make historical past in Sheffield.

‘The Rocket’ is presently tied with Stephen Hendry on seven World Snooker Championship titles apiece and can cement his legacy as the game’s biggest of all time with yet one more win. And the indicators look promising after he is already received this yr’s UK Championship and Masters crowns, every for the eighth time.

It’s left snooker famous person O’Sullivan with a gleaming alternative to finish the calendar Triple Crown for the primary time in his profession. And but the 48-year-old’s play has left him wanting as he prepares for his return to the Crucible.

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“I’m making an attempt to determine why I’m not feeling good once I’m on the market,” said the 23-time Triple Crown title-winner. “I’m winning and I’m competing, but I’m not striking the ball well.

“It’s hard when you’re playing matches against really good players all the time and competing for ranking points. Sometimes you don’t relax enough. I need to figure out a way to find my game again and I think that’s playing more exhibitions.”

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Ronnie O'Sullivan of England reacts during the post match press conference in the 2024 Hong Kong Snooker All-Star Challenge against Mark Williams
O’Sullivan stays his personal largest critic

Many would take into account that unfair criticism contemplating simply how spectacular his outcomes have been up to now this yr. However, O’Sullivan stays his personal largest critic, even when he stands on the verge of his most important piece of historical past so far.

“I’m very patchy,” he continued. “The snooker I’ve performed for 2 years hasn’t been nice. I’ve competed and [in] my head I give myself 10/10 for that, I give myself full marks. But method and execution of the shot in all probability 4 or 5 out of ten.

Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Hong Kong Snooker All-Star Challenge
The Rocket is focusing on a calendar Triple Crown for the primary time in his profession

“I’ve had to work hard for my performances. That’s not my natural style. You win, but you don’t get much satisfaction from it.”

The 2024 World Snooker Championship will get underway on April 20 and can come to a detailed on the Crucible on May 6. O’Sullivan will hope to be part of that closing contest subsequent month, although he faces a gauntlet of opponents – not least of whom is himself – earlier than that turns into a actuality.