mantorok wrote:Something is spurring Ronnie on, he started to practice more this year, before he reached his 6th world title he probably felt a 7th was out of reach and would require him to work exceptionally hard to achieve it, sacrificing himself personally which is something he's not willing to do.
I feel he has acquired motivation after winning his 6th, hell it wasn't like he played amazing all of the time to win it, he hit his A-game on occasion and he must now feel with some sharpness and a bit more practice he could achieve a 7th without having to sacrifice himself too much.
He's showing signs that he's going to give it a real shot this year, he knows that a final push to achieve a 7th (and who knows how many more wins before he retires) will probably solidify a number of un-broken records for many, many years.
I believe he will defend this year, and if he doesn't it will be because someone will play out of their skin to beat him, someone like Judd.
Yes good post mate.
Pretty much what I think about this, and if he's ever going to tie Hendry's 7 titles it must be this year or the coming year maybe? Can't see him doing it when he's close to 50.
He has a great chance, like you say he's been putting the practice in and only a God mode Higgins stopped him from possibly winning the Masters. And I believe he might win a tournament before the Worlds, but even if he doesn't, it's clear to see he's motivated heading to Sheffield.