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Knowles Names The Change Ronnie O'Sullivan Needs To Make To His Game

Knowles Names The Change Ronnie O'Sullivan Needs To Make To His Game

Ronnie O'Sullivan may be the most talented snooker player of all-time, but there is one record he probably needs to match if he is to put the debate to bed.

'The Rocket' has won a remarkable six World Championships, but that is still one short of Stephen Hendry's mark of seven wins.

Despite coming into this year's event as defending champion, he was well off the pace on this occasion as he lost to Anthony McGill. Considering O'Sullivan has been open in his contempt for some aspects of the sport, does he drive to go for another world title?

One small change could help him get there.

Speaking to The Metro, three-time World Championship semi-finalist Tony Knowles said that O'Sullivan could get back to his best by taking a more passive approach to the game.

Ronnie underestimates how good he is, he thinks he has to do this that and the other to win his games and he doesn’t. All he has to do sometimes is sit and wait.

He starts playing okay then pushes the boat out a little too much, all he has to do is control his game a little bit better and he’d be unbeatable.

He complicates things without working to his strengths. If he worked to his strengths, which he's got a lot of, he'd be unbeatable on the table.

There’s just that area of the game he lets slip away, or that one session and then he doesn’t really want to play or compete.

The trouble is in them areas he has to fight and he doesn’t really want to, he just wants to play the way he sees it.

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This is an interesting comment. It is fair to say that O'Sullivan seems to often try difficult shots out of a lack of patience, or even boredom on occasion.

Perhaps that comes with being one of the most talented men ever to pick up a cue.

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Gary Connaughton

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