O'Sullivan eyes title charge

by Setanta Staff , 25 April 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan insists he can go all the way in the World Snooker Championship after his first-round victory over Peter Ebdon.

The Rocket won the last of his three world titles in 2008 and has suffered from indifferent form in recent years, but the 36-year-old insists his problems are now behind him.

O'Sullivan eased to a 10-4 victory despite the fact he failed to hit top form and will face either Mark Williams or Liu Chuang in the second round.

O'Sullivan, who has been working with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, insists he is in the right frame of mind to battle for the top prize, but admits his form needs to improve if he is to secure a fourth title at the Crucible in Sheffield.

"My attitude was good (against Ebdon). It's been really good all season," said O'Sullivan.

"Even though I've not been playing great I've not been beating myself up too much if things aren't going right for me.

"I've been working on that side of my game for the last year or so and that's important. I'm definitely much better mentally.

"My game's not brilliant, but at least my mind is allowing me to give 110% and get what I can out of matches, so I'm pleased with that side of things.

"If I win, then great, but if I don't it's not the be-all-and-end-all."
When the draw for the tournament was made many pundits highlighted O'Sullivan's match-up with Ebdon as a potential upset but the Rocket easily navigated his way through his opener, unlike fellow seeds Ding Junhui, Stephen Lee, Martin Gould, Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy, Stuart Bingham and Graeme Dott who all fell in the first round.

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