Ronnie had a day off on Thursday, and took the opportunity to have a meet and greet with the fans:
and played some tennis with Marius Copil, Romania’s current best tennis player with a very big serve …
There is also a rather scary video that Ronnie shared on his Facebook!
Yesterday evening, Ronnie booked his place in the semi-finals, by beating Mark Davis by 4-1, scoring his first ton of the season, a great 129. The match was closer than the score suggests. There was a very good crowd in the arena, and the conditions were hot and humid (it was raining cats and dogs outside!). Although neither Ronnie, nor Mark said anything, the table seemed to play rather heavy, and it was later confirmed by Neil Robertson in his post-match. Neil BTW will be Ronnie’s opponent tonight and it’s now best of 11.
Here is the match report by Worldsnooker:
O’Sullivan scored a 4-1 win over Mark Davis to extend his best run since he won the Welsh open in February. Breaks of 33 and 54 gave him the opening frame then he nicked a scrappy second by clearing from last red to pink.
Davis pulled one back with a run of 124, but O’Sullivan soon made it 3-1 then finished superbly with a 129, his first century of the season.
“Mark is a really tough and consistent player so I had to be on my game to win,” said O’Sullivan. “I started off well then he came back at me and played some good safety, I got a bit lucky as the balls didn’t fall kindly for him and I had to take advantage. I was pleased with my mental performance. These are the type of matches I need to test myself.”
The match if you haven’t seen it, or want to watch it again:
So he had planned a full season without a century, but forgot? hahaha!