Ronnie lost by 4-1 to Neil Robertson, this afternoon.
Here are the match stats:
As you can see, it was a pretty one-sided match and Neil played very well; he totally deserved the win. A key factor was that Ronnie’s potting let him down: he missed a few balls that he would normally get from the very start of the match, which of course gave Neil confidence and put Ronnie himself under pressure. Basically once Neil went in, he won the frame in one visit, that’s how well he played. In frame 4, the whitewash looked very much on the cards when Neil unexpectedly missed, being 56-11 in front with 67 on the table. The way things had gone, I never expected Ronnie to win the frame from there … but he did despite losing position on the last pink he needed. But that’s as far as it went. In the next frame, Ronnie missed a difficult red, and Neil sealed the victory with another big break.
The only positive is that Ronnie really tried his hardest. Twice in the first frame, he came back to the table, needing far too many snookers to have any hope to win it but to try and get some table time and feel of the conditions.
Here is the report on Worldsnooker
Thursday 9 Feb 2017 06:47PM
Neil Robertson produced a sparkling performance to dispatch Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-1 and reach the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston.
The Australian had lost the previous three meetings between the pair and was seeking revenge for his recent defeat at the Masters.
The Thunder from Down Under stamped his authority from the off, making breaks of 80, 70 and 43, to storm to a 3-0 advantage. That took him within one frame of inflicting a first whitewash defeat on O’Sullivan in a full ranking event since the 2006 China Open against James Wattana.
However, the five-time World Champion managed to get on the scoreboard, winning the fourth frame on the final pink. Robertson wasn’t to be denied and charged to the line with a break of 83 to secure victory.
“I worked really hard on the practice table yesterday evening and put a lot of things right,” said Robertson. “I was full of confidence, knowing in myself that I was going to be playing very well. That was probably one of the better performances I’ve had against Ronnie. There wasn’t a lot he could have done about the result. My safety was fantastic and long potting very good. It was probably the performance of the season so far for me.”
Here are some pictures courtesy of Tai Chengzhe. Thanks Tai!
Videos of interest:
Here is the match analysis by Alan McManus and Neal Foulds with the winner:
At the end of this video, Neal Foulds conducts an interview with Ronnie, who looked quite down. True to his word he keeps it short, but without the robot impression: Neil played very well and deserved the win, as for himself it was one of these days where nothing worked.