O'Sullivan out to stop Ding's record-equalling bid (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Chigwell's Ronnie O'Sullivan to meet Ding Junhui in Welsh Open final
10:35am Sunday 2nd March 2014 in Sport
Ronnie O’Sullivan believes he will be facing “probably the best player in the world on current form” in today’s Welsh Open final.
The Chigwell star beat Barry Hawkins 6-2 to secure his place in the final and will now take on Ding Junhui, who saw off Joe Perry 6-4 to stay in the hunt for his fifth ranking title of the season – a feat that would equal Stephen Hendry’s record set in the 1990/91 campaign.
Speaking to the official World Snooker website, O’Sullivan said: "Ding is the in-form player. If he wins this he will equal the record for ranking titles in a season. People talk about records but that record is worth having. You are a winner if you do that sort of stuff.
"For me it is a fantastic opportunity to see where I am at against probably the best player in the world on current form. I am just happy and enjoying my snooker.
"I am not getting too down on myself and trying to leave a legacy on the game. I probably would have won a lot more if I had found this sort of form earlier in my career, but it is better late than never."