Scottish Open 2016 – Last 128: Ronnie wins, as do most top 16 seeds.

Ronnie won his first-round match in Glasgow, as did all of the top 16 seeds except … the number one seed, Stuart Bingham who went out to Mark Joyce.

Here are the reports on Worldsnooker:

Last 128 – day 1

Monday 12 Dec 2016 10:47PM

John Higgins and Judd Trump were among the top stars to score wins as the Coral Scottish Open got underway in Glasgow.

Higgins won a local derby against Alan McManus by a 4-1 scoreline at the Emirates Arena to set up a last 64 tie with Scott Donaldson. McManus won the opening frame and had good chances in each of the next two but couldn’t take them and his opponent recovered to lead 2-1. Four-time World Champion Higgins then added the next two frames with breaks of 64 and 69.

It was tough for both of us to have to play each other in the first round,” said Wishaw’s Higgins, ranked third in the world. “The second frame was massive because if Alan had gone 2-0 up he was halfway there. I was very pleased to come back and win. It would be amazing if I could go all the way and win this tournament. I have won two events in Scotland before and they have really stood out in my career. Hopefully crowds will pick up and it will be a great week of snooker here.

Trump eased to a 4-0 win over China’s Zhang Yong. World number four Trump went 2-0 up with a top run of 58 then Zhang could have won the third frame but missed  a tricky final black along the top cushion. Trump potted it then clinched the tie in the next with a run of 64.

It’s important to do well this week, although I’ve had a good first half of the season no matter what happens here,” said Bristol’s Trump. “I haven’t played in Scotland for a whole and it would be nice to end the year on a high. It’s still the early stages with a lot of games to get through.

World number two Stuart Bingham, the highest ranked player in the event in the absence of Mark Selby, suffered a first round exit, losing 4-3 to Mark Joyce. Breaks of 51, 80 and 86 helped Joyce build a 3-1 lead, before Bingham fought back to 3-3 with 57 and 116. But Walsall’s Joyce took the decider 66-30, securing victory after a safety error from Bingham on the penultimate red.

Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo scored one of the best wins of his career with a 4-3 defeat of Jimmy Robertson. Runs of 74, 96 and 60 helped Robertson into a 3-1 lead, but Figueiredo hit back to win the last three frames despite a top break of just 31.

Anthony McGill made a strong start in his home event with a 4-1 defeat of John Astley, firing breaks of 61, 92, 52 and 72. Mark Allen avoided a shock defeat as he came from 3-0 down to beat tour rookie Chris Keogan 4-3.

Barry Hawkins top scored with 60 in a 4-0 defeat of Hammad Miah while Mark Williams saw off Rod Lawler 4-0 with a top run of 74. Matthew Stevens beat Ken Doherty 4-0 while Marco Fu made breaks of 104 and 110 in a 4-1 win over Sanderson Lam.

Last 128 – day 2

Tuesday 13 Dec 2016 08:10PM

Ronnie O’Sullivan enjoyed a 4-2 win over Matthew Selt in the opening round of the Coral Scottish Open and hopes this could be the week to end his ten-month trophy drought.

abcThe Rocket has reached three finals this season – at the European Masters, Champion of Champion and UK Championship – but has lost all three and is still seeking his first title since the Welsh Open in February.

Today he went 2-0 up, making a break of 124 in the second frame, before Selt fought back to 2-2 with a top run of 82. But O’Sullivan dominated the fifth to regain the lead then sealed victory in the next with a 51 clearance to set up a last-64 meeting with Polish amateur Adam Stefanow.

Matt made it difficult for me today and I was a bit lucky to get the result,” admitted world number 12 O’Sullivan. “I’d rather have had a couple of easy matches to get into the tournament. Hopefully my next opponent won’t play as well against me.

“Three finals this season is not bad but I’d like to have won at least one of them. In the first two I didn’t believe I was playing well enough to win. Since Belfast I have found my game a bit and I’m more optimistic. It would really help if I could win a tournament. At the moment I’m in the habit of losing – I have won matches and got to finals but it gives you a different and deeper feeling when you get the silverware.

Shaun Murphy made two breaks of 100 in a 4-2 win over promising Chinese teenager Zhao Xintong.

I was chuffed to make two centuries as for every one I give £100 to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital,” said world number six Murphy. “Zhao plays as if he hasn’t got a care in the world – I used to be like that! I’m sure he does care but he plays as if he doesn’t and that’s so hard to play against because he gives nothing away. If he keeps going the same way he’ll be extremely dangerous.”

Neil Robertson lost in the first round of three consecutive events last month but today he eased to a 4-1 win over Thor Chuan Leong with top breaks of 104, 135 and 75.

I’ve made a bad habit of going out of tournaments early over the last couple of months so it’s nice to start with a really good performance this time,” said Australia’s Robertson. “When you have a run of bad results, all you can do is practise harder. I have done that and eventually results will turn around. Hopefully I’ve put my bad spell behind me now.

Jimmy White’s recent revival continued with a 4-0 win over David John. Veteran White, age 54, opened with a superb break of 133 and went on to make further runs of 57 and 56 in a comfortable win.

Coral English Open winner Liang Wenbo saw off Darryl Hill 4-2 with a top break of 82 while local favourite Graeme Dott beat Jak Jones 4-0. There was another Scottish success as Stephen Maguire beat Zhou Yuelong 4-0 with a top break of 130.

Iran’s Hossein Vafaei top scored with 108 in a 4-1 win over Jack Lisowski while Ali Carter came from 2-0 down to beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-2 with a top run of 97.

Later on day 2, Stephen Maguire also went through, beating Zhou Yuelong by a severe 4-0

Ronnie’s mini-interview before his match:


and the match itself:

2016 Scottish Open: Ronnie O’Sullivan – Matthew Selt

the match review:


Ronnie’s interview with Worldsnooker after the match:

Ronnie in the studio 

MissingClip 2016 Scottish Open: review of the Stuart Bingham – Mark Joyce match