Ronnie O’Sullivan has heaped doubt on his chances of claiming a sixth world title, despite setting a new personal record of four ranking tournament wins in a season.
O’Sullivan swept Ding Junhui aside 10-3 in the World Grand Prix final in Preston to complete a quartet of ranking successes this season, having already secured the titles at the English Open, the Shanghai Masters and the UK Championship.
I don’t think I am capable of winning another world title.
He is now just one further victory away from matching the record of five ranking tournament wins in a season, which is jointly held by Ding, Stephen Hendry and reigning world champion Mark Selby.
However, Englishman O’Sullivan was somewhat surprisingly downbeat about his chances of World Championship victory in Sheffield later this year after earning a 32nd ranking title.
He told World Snooker: “I don’t think I am capable of winning another world title. You need a lot of staying power there and I am too old.
“I can play well over a few days, but the World Championship is all about stamina and consistency, which is not suited to my game at the moment, but we’ll wait and see.”
O’Sullivan won the last of his five world titles in 2013, before losing out 18-14 to Selby in the final 12 months later.
In 2015 he was ousted in the quarter-finals by eventual champion Stuart Bingham and a year later he lost out in a second round final-frame decider to Barry Hawkins.
Last year O’Sullivan again made it through to the last eight, where Ding claimed a 13-10 victory in a high-class encounter.
The Englishman is currently priced at 3/1 to win the World Championship for a sixth time, with Selby available at 4/1 and 2016 runner-up Ding 11/1.