English Open 2018 – Last 64 – Ronnie wins with a maximum

Ronnie beat Allan Taylor by 4-0 in the last 64 round of the English Open 2018. The defending champion was far from his best, missing long pots and running out of position quite too often for his liking. But he had his moments of brilliance too: he made a great 135 in frame two, and finished the match with a flawless 147, his 15th in professional competition. But what please me even more was the way he managed to steal the third frame, having struggled badly for most of it. That’s the kind of frame that he would probably have lost a few years ago, and that would have left him angry at himself and unable to get over the disappointment, never mind making a 147 on the back of it.

and if you can’t wait until the last frame here’s the shortcut!

Ronnie was quite down on himself in the postmatch considering he just won. Such patchy performance will never please him. But he’s through to the next round and will play either Jimmy White or Matthew Stevens.

Big thanks to Tai Chengzhe for these images

This is the report on Worldsnooker

Ronnie O’Sullivan made a brilliant 147, the 15th of his career, to wrap up a 4-0 win over Allan Taylor at the BetVictor English Open.

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O’Sullivan has now made four more 147s than any other player, with Stephen Hendry behind him on 11 maximums, followed by John Higgins on eight.

Today’s 147 was his second of the year having made one at the China Open in April. It’s the 143rd maximum in snooker history and second of the week; Thepchaiya Un-Nooh having made one on Tuesday. They will share the £17,000 bonus prize, earning £8,500 each as long as the break is not equalled this week.

Defending champion O’Sullivan had already made a 135 in the second frame against Taylor, also taking two other scrappy frames as he went 3-0 ahead. In the fourth he was barely out of position as he potted 15 reds with blacks then cleared the colours. The blue was a thin cut to a centre pocket, coming in and out of baulk to keep position, and he played it to perfection before slotting in the pink and black.

It’s nice to get a 147 for a good crowd,” said the world number three, who now meets Jimmy White or Matthew Stevens in the last 32 on Thursday. “The last time I played really well was at this tournament last year in Barnsley. Since then I have been hit and miss. I started working with (coach) Stephen Feeney because I felt I had to try something. It’s the last throw of the dice. I had a really good six or seven years before that working with Steve Peters.

The game evolves and gets better. New talent brings fresh ideas so you have to try to learn from that. For me as a purist it’s all about feeling as if I am capable of winning tournaments.

Clearly Ronnie isn’t in the most optimistic mood right now, but things can change, and most probably will. Ups and downs have been the story of his career and his life.

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2 thoughts on “English Open 2018 – Last 64 – Ronnie wins with a maximum

  1. Yes the 147 was really good, and a great atmosphere. I was sitting two tables away, thinking that the Allan Taylor match wouldn’t be as interesting as some of the others. But I had a decent view from a wide angle. It was similar view for Thepchaiya’s 147, which conversely had a smattering of applause from a handful of spectators on the side table at 10:15am in the morning. Generally the attendance has been very good on the main tables.

    Best of 7’s is still a bit of a lottery, but Ronnie doesn’t have anybody decent to play until Robertson/McGill in the best-of-9 quarters (McGill was excellent against Sunny Akani).

    Table conditions still appear very good, hence the high scoring in some matches (although Zhao Xintong might be regretting it now…). I’ve hardly seen a kick or a bad bounce, and cleaning the white has been extremely rare. But Thursday is the really big day when things will take shape.

  2. I live on the west coast of North America, and today was the second day in 2018 that I woke up in the morning to see that Ronnie had just made a 147. It’s a nice way to start the day.

    Ronnie’s chances of winning this week went up quite a bit today, with both Mark Selby and Elliot Slessor (heh heh) being eliminated.

    It has been interesting to hear Ronnie start talking about SightRight recently. He said (and it looks as if) it doesn’t seem to be helping him yet, but he also said that it makes you feel as if you can pot balls from anywhere.

    I expect the quality of Ronnie’s game to pick up the deeper he goes into the event, as he starts playing better players that make it more interesting for him…

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