China Open 2017 – Last 64 – Ronnie beat Gareth Allen by 5-0

Ronnie beat Gareth Allen by 5-0 this evening (in Beijing, China, afternoon here in Europe) to book his spot in the last 32 where he will face Mark Joyce, tomorrow again in the evening. The match will be on television.

Ronnie wasn’t at his best but we shouldn’t maybe read too much in it as conditions in China are often quite different from what they are in the UK, tables playing more heavily and very “lively” crowd, and of course, many players suffer lapse of concentration because of jet lag. For instance Mark Selby struggled badly yesterday (by his standards of course) but was flying today.

Anyway, all was not bad, far from it. In particular, Ronnie’s long potting was very good overall, whilst his safety needs improving.

here is the report by Worldsnooker (excerpt)

Tuesday 28 Mar 2017 03:25PM

Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the last 32 of the Bank of Beijing China Open with a 5-0 thrashing of Gareth Allen.

O’Sullivan is chasing his first ranking title in 13 months – though he did win the Masters in January –  and he now faces Mark Joyce in the last 32.

World number 115 Allen had chances in the opening frame, but missed an attempted long pot on the final brown and O’Sullivan cleared to take it. From that point, world number 13 O’Sullivan was rarely threatened and breaks of 64, 59 and 51 helped him to victory.

I don’t completely agree with this last sentence claiming Ronnie was rarely threatened. Gareth Allen had a good chance to steal frame 4 and Ronnie had to pot a fantastic final black to take it. Also, Allen made a 64 in the last frame, leading by 50 with 59 on, but Ronnie battled through and stole it on the final black.

Ronnie was patient and disciplined from start to finish and that’s good to see. Mark Joyce though could give him some problems: he’s a player who doesn’t hesitate to turn a bit negative and not-so-fast, and, often breaks his opponents rhythm playing this way.

Anyway, here is the match:

And some pictures, thanks to Tai Chengzhe!