Yesterday saw the last 64 round completed, with most top seeds coming through, except for Ali Carter and Shaun Murphy. Ali’s defeat came at the hands of Chris Wakelin who also defeated Ronnie earlier this season. Shaun was beaten by Xia Guodong who seems to be finding back the sort of form he’s capable of.
We had two more surprise results: Jimmy White beat Ryan Day by 4-0, extending his winning run to 13 consecutive frames and young Sean O’Sullivan defeated Mark King, who later praised his conqueror, claiming that his winning clearance is one of the best he’s ever seen. Both are from Essex, and good mates. It has been difficult years for Sean recently, dropping off the tour and losing his close friend Billy O’Connor who he supported throughout his battle against cancer (and beyond). So, those are two very pleasing results in my eyes, and important ones too. Jimmy is now on track to rescue his professional status for two more seasons and nobody loves the game as much as he does. Sean also loves his sport and I really want to see the lad succeed.
Ronnie’s win was a bit of a mixed bag: some brilliant shots, a very skilful 78 break, and a few bad misses. Now, it transpired that his tip is damaged and, of course, it doesn’t help.
Wednesday 14 Dec 2016 10:34PM
Pics by Colin Poultney – Collarge Images
Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White will go head to head in the last 32 of the Coral Scottish Open in Glasgow on Thursday after both scored emphatic wins on Wednesday night.
Whirlwind White continued his return to form with a 4-0 thrashing of Ryan Day while O’Sullivan saw off Polish amateur Adam Stefanow 4-1.
The two crowd favourites will clash in the second match on Thursday afternoon (sessions starts 12pm – tickets still available, click here for details) and it will be their second consecutive meeting in a Coral Home Nations event. In Northern Ireland last month they played in the second round, O’Sullivan winning 4-1.
Breaks of 57, 73 and 65 helped 54-year-old White beat Day and he has now won 13 consecutive frames across three matches.
“It was a good result,” said White, whose run of results has boosted his hopes of keeping his tour card for next season. “I qualified for the German Masters last week which gave me a bit more confidence. I’m excited about playing Ronnie and I’ll enjoy it and embrace it. I hope I put up a good show.”
Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan enjoyed runs of 78 and 58 in beating Stefanow but admits his task for the remainder of the week could be made more difficult by a damaged cue tip.
“Usually a new tip would take a while to get used to,” said O’Sullivan. “I’ll take it down as much as I can and hopefully it will be ok tomorrow. I’m cueing ok, I missed a few balls but I’ve been doing that all season. I’m probably missing too many to be able to expect to win tournaments.
“It will be tough against Jimmy. When we played in Ireland it wasn’t the best of matches but Jimmy is playing better now so I’m looking forward to it.”
The match after O’Sullivan v White on the TV table will see local favourite John Higgins take on China’s Mei Xiwen. Wishaw’s Higgins beat Scott Donaldson 4-0 with breaks of 52, 101, 83 and 66.
Higgins said: “I got a few bits of luck at the right time. It will be a long day tomorrow, I’m going home now to get some rest. Hopefully I can have a lie in tomorrow although I don’t know if the Mrs will let me, I might have to take the kids to school! It’s great to have the support on my side here.”
Judd Trump took just 43 minutes to beat Igor Figueiredo 4-0, compiling runs of 100, 51 and 69.
Neil Robertson came from 2-1 down to beat Gary Wilson 4-2 with top breaks of 87 and 107 while Mark Allen top scored with 90 in a 4-0 win over Fang Xiongman.
China’s Xiao Guodong fired runs of 132 and 129 in a 4-1 win over Shaun Murphy while Coral English Open winner Liang Wenbo made a 115 in a 4-1 win over Sydney Wilson.
Barry Hawkins recovered a 2-1 deficit to beat Matthew Stevens 4-2 with best breaks of 100 and 83 while Marco Fu made a tournament high 142 in a 4-1 win over Liam Highfield.
Glasgow’s Stephen Maguire top scored with 74 in a 4-2 win over Fegral O’Brien while Chris Wakelin edged out Ali Carter 4-3, winning a tense 43-minute deciding frame by clearing from the final red.
Coral Northern Ireland Open champion Mark King lost 4-1 to Sean O’Sullivan, whose top break was 87.
Here is Ronnie’s match:
And here is Jimmy’s reaction to his win and the prospect of his clash with Ronnie:
Today, we will see the last 32 AND last 16 played to a finish. So potentially two matches for the players. And we have a cracker: Ronnie vs Jimmy this afternoon!