Wednesday 12 December 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan survives scare to oust Lukas Kleckers in Belfast

Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the second round of the Northern Ireland Open
Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the second round of the Northern Ireland Open

Ronnie O'Sullivan survived a scare to book his place in the second round of the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

O'Sullivan was pushed by Germany's world number 120 Lukas Kleckers, who fired a break of 137 to pull back from an early two-frame deficit.

But O'Sullivan, who had opened with consecutive breaks of 91 and 126, recovered to win the next two frames and seal a 4-2 triumph.

Judd Trump was ousted at the opening stage by Stuart Carrington, who compiled three breaks over 50 as he also secured a 4-2 success.

Stephen Maguire scored back-to-back centuries in a 4-0 win over Basem Eltahhan, while Mark Williams beat veteran Thai James Wattana by the same score.

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