Ronnie beat Michael White by 6-1 to reach the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.
Ronnie wasn’t at his best, but, despite some signs of frustration at times, he stayed patient, played good safeties throughout the match and did the job. He also hit a great 132, century n° 909 if I’m not mistaken.
Here is the report by the BBC:
Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrated his 42nd birthday with a 6-1 win over Welshman Michael White in the third round of the UK Championship.
O’Sullivan is seeking to match Steve Davis’ record haul of six titles and was dominant early on, scoring a stunning 132 on his way to a 4-1 lead against an off-colour White.
An error-strewn sixth frame also went O’Sullivan’s way.
He eventually finished the match in style with a fine break of 65.
World number 26 White struggled throughout the match, with his highest break of 51 coming in frame two to level things.
O’Sullivan then pulled clear, making his third century of the tournament and adding a further three 50 plus breaks to ease into the last 16.
“He struggled and I scrambled a bit better than he did,” the world number four said.
“I wasn’t brilliant but some people scramble better than others when they need to and I was able to do that.
“You could see Michael struggling out there and the more you miss the harder it gets. I kind of felt for him. He’s a good lad and he loves the game and it was frustrating for him.”
White was scathing about his performance, saying he didn’t even turn up. “I was absolutely awful. It’s so frustrating. I didn’t even play half-decent,” he said.
Unconvincing O’Sullivan races on
A sixth title for O’Sullivan would also see him draw level with Stephen Hendry’s 18 ‘Triple Crown’ triumphs, having won the World Championship five times and the Masters on seven occasions.
With nine seeds having already lost in York – including the world’s top three Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui – O’Sullivan’s hopes are looking increasingly strong.
But his performance against White was so unconvincing as to almost seem disinterested.
O’Sullivan showed flashes of his fluent best early on but his margin of victory was as much down to White’s struggles as his own efforts.
“I want to play well and do well but if I don’t, I don’t care,” O’Sullivan added. “I have other more important stuff to do.”
He will play either Barry Hawkins or Thailand’s Akani Songsermsawad in round four.
Frankly, I was never under the impression that Ronnie was disinterested, frustrated surely, but disinterested? No, the way he stayed focused on doing the job despite the errors certainly doesn’t support that “disinterested” assessment.
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And the report on Worldsnooker :
Ronnie O’Sullivan compared himself to Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods after thrashing Michael White 6-1 to reach the last 16 of the Betway UK Championship.
The answer to life, the universe and everything: O’Sullivan turns 42 today
O’Sullivan has lost just five frames in his three matches so far in York and will now face Barry Hawkins or Sunny Akani in round four. He is chasing his sixth UK title and third ranking event of the season having won the English Open and Shanghai Masters.
World number four O’Sullivan, the highest ranked player left in the tournament, was not at his best today but capitalised on a series of mistakes from Welshman White. The first two frames were shared, then O’Sullivan took three in a row with breaks of 132, 64 and 71.
Frame six was a scrappy affair and came down to the colours, O’Sullivan converting a thin cut on the blue to a centre pocket to go 5-1 ahead. And he sealed the result in the next with a run of 65.
“This game is like golf – if you’re not set up right or you’re not in line it can affect everything,” said O’Sullivan. “We all go through that and some of us can go through that a little bit better than others, like Seve Ballesteros or Tiger Woods. They’re able to get it round sometimes and that’s what I was able to do today.
“It’s part of the art of the game, some people can do it and some can’t. I’ve won a lot of my matches and tournaments having to do that. It’s great to play fluently but that’s not always the case. Mark Williams, Judd Trump and Luca Brecel are shot makers and so is Mark Selby – he’s able to scramble it round probably better than anyone else. There’s a yin and yang with everything though – with the more robotic players, when they’re really ‘on’ they tend not to make any mistakes.
“Michael didn’t play well today, he was struggling out there and the more you miss, the harder it gets. He got loads of bad luck as well and I felt for him because I like him and he loves the game. It can be frustrating out there and I wasn’t brilliant, but I think I scrambled a bit better out there.”
White said: “I was absolutely awful, so frustrated with myself. It’s just bitterly disappointing. I need to get to grips with dealing with the pressure over events that last a long period of time otherwise the same thing is going to keep happening. He was far from his best but I just couldn’t do anything in the end. In the final frame I didn’t really want to be there at all. I knew my mind had completely gone.”
Also thanks to Tai Chengzhe for those images
So it’s really
despite some post-match homework