O'Sullivan aims for final flourish
February 07, 2012 12:04:52 UK
Stephen Maguire was unable to see off Ronnie O'Sullivan in Berlin.
Ronnie O'Sullivan is hoping to end his career on a high note, having returned to winning ways with victory at the German Masters.
The three-time world champion was in danger of slipping out of the top 16 in the rankings ahead of the tournament in Berlin, but banished any fears of missing the Crucible showpiece this year by beating Stephen Maguire 9-7 in the final.
It would be nice to go out at the top.Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan, who was without a win since September 2009, said after his victory: "I'm 36 now and coming to the end of my career so every victory now is nice.
"If I can nick a tournament here or there it's great - it would be nice to go out at the top."
O'Sullivan is 1.25 to win a fourth world title this year, with Mark Williams 1213.00 and defending champion John Higgins 1213.00.
Meanwhile, the Englishman backed his final victim to return to the top of the game, with Maguire without a tournament win of his own since 2008.
"All credit to Stephen, because he's had a great tournament," O'Sullivan added. "He's played really well and is playing as well now as when he first came on the scene and I tipped him to be the dominant player of the decade."
Maguire is 1213.00 to win a first world title in early May.
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