Ronnie’s run in the English Open 2016 came to an end at the hands of Chris Wakelin, with a 4-3 defeat. It was a really bad day in office for Ronnie, who looked out of sorts from the start, despite winning the first frame with a 110. His long potting wasn’t there, his positional play was approximative and he probably missed more ball in this match than he has done all last week and a half. He looked totally gutted and annoyed with himself and it certainly wasn’t a case of not wanting to be there or not caring. Maybe he was tired after last week’s efforts in Romania and a very tense and late match yesterday, we probably will never know. Anyway, Chris Wakelin was the better player, and held himself together when it mattered. He deserved the win and I can only say congratulations and good luck for the rest of the tournament.
And it could be a blessing in disguise: now he has a bit of time off to rest and refresh, see his family and get himself ready for the International Championship next week.
Here is the match:
Thursday 13 Oct 2016 02:45PM
World number 70 Chris Wakelin scored a surprise 4-3 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 32 of the Coral English Open on Thursday afternoon.
A patchy display from five-time World Champion O’Sullivan means he now has no chance of winning the £1 million bonus on offer for any player winning all four Home Nations events.
Rugby’s 24-year-old Wakelin goes through to the last 16 to face Xiao Guodong tonight at Event City in Manchester (tickets for the last few days are still available, click here for details).
O’Sullivan started strongly with a break of 110 in the first frame and added the second to lead 2-0. But Wakelin fought back to win three in a row with top runs of 106 and 59. He looked set to make a winning clearance in frame six until he missed match-ball pink on 63, allowing O’Sullivan to make it 3-3.
Wakelin led 47-0 in the decider when he missed a simple black, but O’Sullivan’s response had only reached 7 when he rattled a red in the jaws of a top corner. That was his last shot as Wakelin added 22 to seal the best win of his career.