Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 10-7 David Gilbert (Eng)
Scores (Ronnie first): 35-67; 73(72)-5; 84(84)-0; 86(71)-46; 5-117(91); 76-56(56); 0-125(125); 80-49; 95(71)-22; 0-130(60,62); 75-47; 124(101)-0; 25-74; 47-66(61); 96(51)-4; 0-71(71); 76(72)-0
Referee: Jan Verhaas
Ronnie was given a tough game by David Gilbert, especially today in the second session. He won the first session by 6-3, and one could argue that David Gilbert had been a bit unlucky at times, especially when developping the pack, and the score could have been closer. Today, it was Ronnie who was a bit unlucky, also whilst trying to develop the pack, but he stayed patient and applied himself to eventually win 10-7. Overall his safety game was excellent.
Here are the match stats after 16 frames. As you can see not too shabby from either.
However, Ronnie refused to attend the post-match press conference, and he will almost certainly be disciplined for it. This comes as a surprise as Ronnie had fulfilled all his media duties on the “press day”, last Friday, and had no issues with the media whatsoever.
after the match Gilbert said:
“That is probably the best I’ll ever play without winning a game of snooker.
“It was an honour to play the legend that is Ronnie O’Sullivan. I know he wasn’t quite on top of his game but I feel like I learned a lot and I’ve got nothing to be disgraced about.
“There’s not a lot you can worry about when you play against Ronnie because you just expect to get punished every time something doesn’t go your way.”
You can watch the match again here
Here re a few images from the match: the action pictures taken during the match are by Tai Chengzhe – thank you Tai- the ones taken before and after the match are mine