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Ruthless Ronnie O’Sullivan retains Shanghai Masters title

O'Sullivan reigns supreme in Shanghai for the third time (credit:Eurosport)

Ronnie O’Sullivan marked his return to competitive action by retaining the Shanghai Masters title courtesy of an 11-9 victory over Barry Hawkins in the final.

O'Sullivan, who had taken a break from snooker since crashing out of the Betfred World Championship at the Second Round stage in April, came back with a bang to scoop the £200,000 title in Shanghai.

A winner of five ranking titles last season, 'The Rocket' recovered from 6-4 down at the close of play in the first session to reel off seven of the last ten frames and seal glory in the new-look invitational.

The win also takes O'Sullivan beyond the £10 million mark in career prize money and is the third time he has lifted the prestigous Shanghai Masters trophy.

Hawkins, bidding for his first win over O'Sullivan in a televised final, began strongly with a break of 125 to clinch the opening frame.

He then doubled his lead before O'Sullivan got off the mark with an 85 break, but a 55 in response saw Hawkins make it 3-1.

Successive breaks of 93 and 66 moved O'Sullivan back on level terms before a majestic break of 132 handed Hawkins the lead once more.

Hawkins then restored a two-frame cushion, and after O'Sullivan replied with a 68 break, the Kent cueist made a 63 to establish a 6-4 advantage at the halfway stage.

O'Sullivan claimed the first frame of the evening session before firing in breaks of 61 and 61 in frame 12 to restore parity.

A break of 56 moved the five-time World Champion in front for the first time in the match before a stunning break of 113 made it 8-6.

An 83 break saw Hawkins stop the rot but only for O'Sullivan to respond in-kind with an 83 of his own before edging frame 17 to move 10-7 ahead.

At the point of no return, Hawkins rallied by securing a low-scoring 18th frame and following up with a break of 74 to apply the pressure.

O'Sullivan, though, ensured there would be no fairy-tale fightback for 'The Hawk' as he compiled a terrific break of 122 to wrap up the triumph.


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