Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan mulls quitting after world final

Ronnie O’SULLIVAN could follow Stephen Hendry into retirement tonight even if he wins the World Championship for a fourth time.

O’Sullivan built a 10-7 lead over Ali Carter over two gruelling sessions yesterday, with 18 the victory target. The 36-year-old Chigwell man has also dropped a heavy hint an announcement over his future will follow the match.

O’Sullivan has been giving serious consideration to following Hendry’s lead in walking away from the sport.

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Speaking on the eve of the final, O’Sullivan said: “I’m not saying it’s a guarantee but I think now is as good a time as ever.”

If he does quit as champion, O’Sullivan would go out on a high, but also in an exhausted state. “This is probably the hardest place to come and play. Seventeen days in Sheffield and I feel like I’ve been here two months,” he said.