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Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Judd Trump to win the Shanghai Masters, just a week after losing the Champion of Champions final.

O’Sullivan’s schedule from Coventry to Shanghai meant playing 2 best-of-nine matches on Wednesday, in which the second match, he made the highest break of the tournament – 144 – in beating Joe Perry.

Trump, who went through to the final losing only 3 frames in the semi-final to debutant semi-finalist, Jack Lisowski, was meeting his former stable partner for the first time this season.

O’Sullivan, who beat John Higgins for the second time in a week to get to the final immediately imposed his game upon Trump to race to a surprising 7-0 lead in the first to ten. Even though Trump, managed to avoid a whitewash in the first session, the second lasted just over an hour as O’Sullivan, a winner here in 2008, wrapped up the final with 10-3 victory.

Having won the English Open in Barnsley a fortnight ago, this is the second world ranking title of the 41 year old’s career and takes him to 30 overall in his career and just 6 behind Stephen Hendry.

The Chigwell potter, who last week went past 900 centuries in his career, picked up a cheque for £150,000 and told the BBC “My mind has been good as it’s ever been this week.”

This week the tour is in Belfast as it resumes the Home Nations series with the Northern Ireland Open.


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