As the World Snooker Championships begin today and Play with Flair has announced the creation of their Hall of Fame, what better way to celebrate than to discuss two of snooker’s greats: Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry.
It is great news that this year both will be competing in the event again. Together they boast almost 50 years at the Crucible, which is an astonishing amount of time.
Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan is my tip for the title this year but, to be honest, it has rarely been anyone else. Everyone who follows the game knows that O’Sullivan is probably the most unpredictable talent in snooker.
He could lose to Peter Ebdon next week and it would not be the biggest shock in the competition. However, when this man is on form there is no professional player that can match him.
He has made the most maximum breaks in the game at 11 and the only man who comes close to his record is, you guessed it, Stephen Hendry with 10 breaks of 147 to his name.
It is true that O’Sullivan has not won the amount of tournaments that he could and should have. However, the fact that we don’t know how he will perform makes his matches unmissable.
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This man is quite simply one of the greatest snooker players to have lived. Many have said that his aggressive play marked a new era in the game and that O’Sullivan aptly followed.
He is the youngest ever champion at the World Championships, winning at the age of 21 and has won the tournament a record 7 times.
Hendry is a living legend in the game and his total of 72 professional titles is proof of this. Where many criticise O’Sullivan for his inability to win tournaments consistently, Hendry has shown the world of snooker how it should be done.
Regardless of how far he progresses in the tournament this year, his status as one of the best will remain.