Ronnie O’Sullivan confirms he is a long way from retirement after Shanghai Masters win

Ronnie O’Sullivan is going strong at 43-years-old (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has promised snooker fans he has plenty of years left in him after winning the Shanghai Masters for a third successive year.

The Rocket pocketed £200,000 for winning the event in China on Sunday, downing Shaun Murphy 11-9 in the final of his first event of the season.

It was the 43-year-old’s first appearance since losing in the first round of the World Championship in April to James Cahill, but he proved in Shanghai that Sheffield shock was not the beginning of the end for him.

Still ranked number two in the world, O’Sullivan is not slowing up on the baize, and due to his love of China, will be competing in tournaments in that part of the world ‘for many years to come.’

O’Sullivan wrote in an Instagram post: ‘Very happy to have won the Shanghai masters for the third time on the trot.. it’s been a super trip.. with some great matches to be involved in.. great way to start my season.. now I’m looking forward to what’s next.. boy I love Shanghai and China what a great place to visit and work.. will be coming back here for many years to come..’

It is a sentiment that he echoed immediately after winning the tournament, when he was discussing his schedule for the year.

The five-time world champion only tends to compete in a handful of events each season and this is set to continue, but the Rocket believes he can keep up this reduced schedule for a long while yet.

‘I don’t have anything to prove to anyone,’ O’Sullivan told World Snooker. ‘I just think for me and the snooker fans for me top keep playing as long as I can, I think the fans enjoy seeing me play but they don’t expect me to have to prove myself anymore.

‘I just play when I feel like it, I don’t look at rankings, there’s so many tournaments now that even if I dropped out of the top 32 I could still play.’

O’Sullivan will be playing in the Yushan World Open next month, but it is not confirmed yet whether he will be playing at the English Open in Crawley.

He did so last year, losing in the semi-finals to Mark Davis, but made headlines by complaining that the venue ‘smelt of urine.’

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