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Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 16:32 GMT
Ronnie claims UK hat-trick
Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates victory in the World Championship
O'Sullivan adds the UK title to his World crown
O'Sullivan (Eng) 10-1 Doherty (Ire)

Ronnie O'Sullivan completed a crushing 10-1 triumph over Ken Doherty to win his third UK Championship title.

The world champion, who beat Mark Williams in the semi-finals on Saturday, wrapped up victory by winning the first two frames of the evening session.

He joins Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott and John Higgins in an elite group to have won the World and UK Championships in the same year.

Maybe it's just me, but an anti-climax is the right way to describe it

Ronnie O'Sullivan

And the margin of success was the greatest in the UK final since it reverted to a best-of-19 format in 1995.

O'Sullivan admitted the final had been something of an anti-climax.

"It's a fantastic achievement for me to win both the world and UK titles," said the Englishman, who also won in 1993 and 1997.

"It didn't feel like a final - it felt like there was something missing. Maybe it's just me, but an anti-climax is the right way to describe it."

Doherty was "embarrassed" at the scoreline but acknowledged that it had been a good week for him.

"I'm very disappointed to lose 10-1 - it's a bit of a joke for a UK final," he said.

"In some ways I was lucky to get one because Ronnie played so well, but I lost a couple of frames I should have won. In others, I just didn't get a look in.

Cagey opening

"In that form, Ronnie is the toughest man to beat. It's very hard to play against him. You must get on top of him and put him under pressure, and I didn't. It just didn't happen for me.

"It's embarrassing to lose 10-1 but it's better to reach the final than go out in the first round. These things happen - worse things go on in life."

The 100,000 top prize takes O'Sullivan's career earnings past 3m.

He took a firm grip on the match from the very start and led 8-1 at the end of the afternoon session.

A cagey opening frame went to O'Sullivan after his opponent missed a straightforward green.

But Doherty hit straight back with a superb break of 95 before the 'Essex Exocet' edged ahead again by knocking in a 72.

It's embarrassing to lose 10-1 but it's better to reach the final than go out in the first round

Ken Doherty

O'Sullivan never looked back from that point, increasing his lead with a magical 106 break in frame four.

In the first frame after the interval, Doherty again let in O'Sullivan to make a decisive 41.

And soon it was 5-1 as the 25-year-old from Chigwell sunk a devastating long red and rattled in a run of 72.

The fourth seed's misery continued when O'Sullivan went further ahead thanks to a dashing 62, kicked off by another amazing pot.

The Englishman then pounced on another loose shot by Doherty to go up 7-1 up with a break of 49.

Doherty had the opportunity to reduce the deficit in the final frame of the afternoon session but could not take it.

O'Sullivan hit a 59 with typical aplomb to put himself within touching distance of the crown.


Frame scores: (Doherty first) 47-70, 95-0, 34-92, 0-106, 5-93, 6-76, 1-103, 10-79, 1-105, , 12-74 (66), 8-77 (58).

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