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SNOOKER | Ronnie O’Sullivan blasts in 1,000th century in Players Championship win

Ronnie O’Sullivan made history last night by becoming the first snooker player ever to make 1,000 career century breaks during his commanding 10-4 victory over Neil Robertson to retain the Players Championship.

Rocket Ronnie – who has been conducting all his post-match interviews with an Australian – went into the tournament at Preston Guild Hall on 994 centuries but brought the roof down with a 134 break in the fourteenth frame which secured him his 35th ranking title.

There was also a bit of humour between O’Sullivan and Robertson at the end of the break as the 43-year potted the cue ball on the final black which prevented a 141 break – leaving Robertson to take home the £5,000 highest break prize on 140.

No one comes anywhere near the Rocket in terms of century breaks with seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry (775) and four-time Crucible successor John Higgins (745) the only other players to get past the 700 mark.

Robertson is fourth on the all-time list with 621, whilst only another two players in World Grand Prix winner Judd Trump and World Number One Mark Selby have surpassed 500.

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