O'Sullivan decides to keep going

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has had second thoughts about his retirement from the sport. Having spent part of the summer receiving treatment for depression, he said: "I won't walk away from snooker because I love the game too much."

Ronnie O'Sullivan has had second thoughts about his retirement from the sport. Having spent part of the summer receiving treatment for depression, he said: "I won't walk away from snooker because I love the game too much."

O'Sullivan was speaking after his second successive victory in the Champions' Cup here yesterday.

He showed why he is rated the sport's most naturally gifted player by demolishing Jimmy White 5-2 in only 79 minutes, complete with three century breaks. In four frames White did not pot a single ball as O'Sullivan scored breaks of 140 - the best of the event so far - 82, 102 and 107.

"I have only been practising for two weeks, but I don't think practise is the answer," said the 24-year-old from Chigwell.

O'Sullivan is just about guaranteed a place in the semi-finals after following up on Sunday's 5-4 success over world No 2 John Higgins.

White, who is making his first appearance as a wild card in this year's competition, now has to beat Higgins and Matthew Stevens if he is to stay in contention for the £100,000 first prize next Sunday.

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