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O’Sullivan masters Wenbo in Shanghai

Published 14/09/2009

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan eased to a 22nd ranking title victory after a 10-5 victory over Liang Wenbo in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

O'Sullivan took a 3-1 lead into the interval of the first session before returning to move 6-3 ahead.

When the players returned for the evening session Liang briefly gave himself a glimmer of hope by matching O'Sullivan with two frames apiece to make it 8-5 before the Englishman closed out victory in just under four and a half hours.

"I'm very happy to have won the tournament and got my season off to a good start," said O'Sullivan.

"It was a tough match, I struggled with my technique and I wasn't hitting the ball sweetly.

"In spells I played okay, but for most of it I had to battle to get through.

"I would have loved to entertain and play open snooker as that was the kind of game I was expecting, but it got slow and there were some drawn out frames so it was hard to build any momentum.

"I was hanging on, trying to stay in there, not give anything away and wait for some form to come along.

"I was only able to play flamboyant snooker in two or three frames. The rest of it was steady, hard, match snooker and I needed patience."

The world number one paid tribute to his opponent for giving him a tough examination.

"You think you've got him in trouble and you'll get back to the table and then he's pots a difficult ball and you have to stay in your seat, so you can get frustrated," he added.

"It's very satisfying to get a victory, especially here in China where snooker is so popular. It's a good feeling."

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