Wednesday 26 April 2017

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

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

Nigel Whittaker

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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