World Snooker Championship 2023 LIVE RESULTS: Ronnie O’Sullivan back in action

Rocket set to defend his title

Ronnie O’Sullivan is set to try and defend his 2022 World Snooker Championship.

The Rocket beat JuddTrump in last year’s final to take home the crown, equalling Stephan Hendry’s modern-day record of seven snooker World Championships.

The 47-year-old will take on China’s Pang Jinx in the first round of the competition at the Crucible in Sheffield.

They will face off against each other at 10am.

O’Sullivan will try to control his emotions during this year’s tournament and will “slap” his bum “really hard” in order to stay calm.

The world No.1 will also hope that a torn muscle in his right arm will not cause him any issues in the match.

He said: “I’ve iced it. It has calmed down. It still feels a bit sore, but it’s playable.”

The injury has kept O’Sullivan from playing since March 17.

Credit: PA