Saturday 19 August 2017

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

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
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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.

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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