Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals what he told Kyren Wilson after World Snooker Championship mauling

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has huge expectations of Kyren Wilson (Picture: PA)

Ronnie O’Sullivan expects Kyren Wilson to win the World Snooker Championship numerous times, despite handing him a chastening 18-8 defeat in the Crucible final on Sunday evening.

The Rocket was pushed hard by the Warrior in the first half of the contest, with the scoreline 10-8 in his favour at one stage, but then the veteran took control, winning the final eight frames to secure a comfortable victory.

A tough loss for Wilson, but one he can accept in his first Crucible final against the greatest of all time and O’Sullivan had some kind words for him afterwards.

The 44-year-old praised the 28-year-old’s mental strength and says this is what makes him stand out from other young players in the game.

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‘We’re always looking around at who’s going to come through and it’s not about ability,’ said O’Sullivan. ‘You’ve got to have ability, but sometimes it’s about the hunger and desire, if you’ve got the bottle.

‘He’s proven over the last four or five years. He’s taken some hard matches, he’s got beat, can see it has hurt him. He’s never bitter, he’s always learning positives from it.’

Other than world number one Judd Trump (30), O’Sullivan doesn’t see much top talent around their age bracket, which he told Wilson has been holding him back, but still expects the Warrior to rack up plenty of titles over the next 10 or 15 years.

Kyren Wilson is already a three-time ranking event winner (Picture: REX)

‘For Kyren it would be better if he had someone round his age that thought the same as him, but he hasn’t, he’s got me, Higgins, Williams all these type of players that he’s looking to learn from,’ said Ronnie.

‘He’s learning all the time with his game, he’s working all the time with his coach Barry, he’s got his brother, he takes the job very seriously.

‘I just said to him today, the only thing that’s not good for you is that you haven’t really got enough competition from people around your age to push you.

‘Eventually you’re going to get to a point where, he’s going to win this a few times, I would have thought.

‘Judd’s there. You look at that age bracket, it’s just them two really.

‘Ding [Junhui]’s still there but he hasn’t really shown that hunger and desire here that Kyren has shown that tells me he’s going to be a champion here, not just once, but maybe a few times.’

Wilson was not too downbeat after the loss and is pleased to improve his already superb record in Sheffield.

In just six visits to the Crucible he has managed one final, one semi and three quarter-finals, which is remarkable consistency in the sport’s biggest event.

‘I’m only 28 It was only six years ago that was my debut, so when you think of that, I’m still a baby at the Crucible really,’ he said.

‘To have that record I’ve got and it’s building each year, I’m obviously doing something right.’

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