Friday 9 December 2016

Ronnie O’Sullivan: I have no regrets over controversial 146 break

Published 17/02/2016 | 02:30

Ronnie O'Sullivan swept into the last 32 of the Welsh Open. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Ronnie O'Sullivan swept into the last 32 of the Welsh Open. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Ronnie O'Sullivan might not have threatened another maximum but he fired three centuries in four frames as he swept into the last 32 of the Welsh Open.

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The ‘Rocket’, who turned down his chance of a 147 in his previous round win over Barry Pinches, notched breaks of 110, 90, 112 and 102 to see off China’s Tian Pengfei 4-0.

Afterwards O’Sullivan insisted he had no regrets about resisting the shot at a maximum, having described the £10,000 prize on offer for the feat as “too cheap”.

O’Sullivan said: “I don’t see what’s wrong in just bringing a form of entertainment and making it a little bit light-hearted because it can be a serious game.

“Once I step over that line when I’m ready to play, I go into a mindset that I have to be myself.”

Defending champion John Higgins also whitewashed Sam Baird 4-0, while Judd Trump went through with a 4-1 win over Rory McLeod.

Fergal O’Brien secured his place in the next round with a gritty 4-3 victory over Ali Carter, while fellow Dubliner Ken Doherty also advanced thanks to a similar triumph over David Gilbert.

Meanwhile, Kildare man Josh Boileau can look forward to earning some money on the professional circuit after his victory in the EBSA European U-21 Championship in Poland.

The Newbridge native beat Brandan Sargent from England 6-1 in the final of the event, having recorded the highest break of 130 on the way.

The success earns him a two-year professional tour ticket from next season, when he will play against all the game’s top players

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