Monday 26 September 2016

O'Sullivan rises above 'boredom' to reach last eight

Nigel Whittaker

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

O'Sullivan felt happy after beating Delu Photo: Getty
O'Sullivan felt happy after beating Delu Photo: Getty

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win over China's Yu Delu in Cardiff yesterday, hours after complaining about the boredom of playing in tournaments.

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There will be no such problems for defending champion John Higgins though, as the four-time world champion was beaten 4-1 by 24-year-old Welshman Michael White.

After thrashing Jimmy Robertson 4-0 in 55 minutes on Wednesday night, O'Sullivan had been full of complaints.

"These events leave you with a lot of time on your hands, waiting around for one match a day," he said.

"Maybe they should stick an adult creche here to entertain us because I get so bored. Today I've had a haircut, been for a Chinese, been for a coffee, been to a cafe, went to the shops to buy some food, had a sleep and then played a game of snooker. I'd rather play two matches a day."

Happier

O'Sullivan felt happier after beating Delu. "I'm pleased to still be in the tournament. No matches here are a gimme," he said.

"John Higgins, the second greatest player I have ever seen, has been beaten. It takes a top player to have a slightly off day and you are going out.

"Yu Delu is a brilliant player so I was a bit nervous at the start. I maybe was giving him a little bit too much respect. I lost the first frame but got some momentum going after."

Delu took the first frame as he fluked a respotted black, but O'Sullivan powered back to take victory.

O'Sullivan will now play world No 1 Mark Selby, who saw off former world champion Mark Williams 4-2.

Mark Allen set up a quarter-final date with White by beating Barry Hawkins 4-3.

World No 3 Neil Robertson saw off Marco Fu 4-2 and Ben Woollaston beat Martin Gould 4-1.

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