China News Service, Beijing, January 1 (Xinhua) -- The legend of "Rocket" O'Sullivan continues. After reaching the British Championship for the eighth time last month, the world snooker "brother" was crowned for the eighth time in the Masters, winning 15 titles in just three major tournaments.

On the morning of the 15th, Beijing time, the 2024 Snooker Masters ended the final dialogue in London, England. In the first three rounds of this event, "Captain" Ali Carter, who was "down and down" one after another, failed to prevent the "rocket" from taking off, and O'Sullivan, who once fell behind 3-6, finally won 10-7.

The final of the Masters will be played in 19 rounds and 10 wins, divided into two stages. In the first four games of this game, the two sides were evenly matched and drew 2-2. Ali Carter then came out on top to end the first phase of the game 5-3.

In the second stage that began in the early morning of the 15th Beijing time, Carter made persistent efforts to expand the result 6-3. In the face of adversity, O'Sullivan showed his "heroic" nature again, and after three consecutive cities, he tied the score 6-6. In the 13th game, Carter scored 127 points in a single stroke, led 7-6 again, and set a player's single-stroke record of breaking hundreds in a single Masters with a score of 9 strokes of 100+ in this event.

But it was also Carter's last highlight of the game. Then O'Sullivan won 4 games in a row to seal the victory 10-7 and win his eighth Masters championship.

In 1995, at the age of 19, O'Sullivan kicked off his brilliant record in the tournament as the youngest champion of the Masters. So far, O'Sullivan has reached the finals of the Masters 14 times and won the championship 8 times. Among them, in the final of the 2007 Masters, O'Sullivan defeated the then 10-year-old Chinese rising star Ding Junhui 3-20 and won the Masters championship for the third time.

Founded in 1975, the Snooker Masters is known as the three major snooker tournaments along with the World Championship and the British Championship. The 2024 Snooker Masters will be contested by the top 16 players in the world after the British Championship this season. There are two members of the Chinese team, namely Ding Junhui, who has 2 ranking tournaments and is ranked 14th in the world, and Zhang Anda, who is the champion of this season's international championship and ranked 12th in the world.

Unfortunately, Ding Junhui and Zhang Anda both stopped in the first round (16 into 8). But Ding Junhui scored his second shot at the Masters and the seventh of his career with 147 in the match against O'Sullivan, becoming the only player to score two 147 points in the Masters so far.

After the end of this Masters, another snooker event was ignited again. On the 15th local time, the 2024 Snooker World Grand Prix is still being held in the UK, and the event will be contested by the top 32 players in the season, and the Chinese army will have 9 people, including Ding Junhui. (ENDS)