Ronnie booked his place in the quarter-finals this afternoon by beating Jack Lisowski by 6-1.
Tha match was eagerly anticipated but didn’t quite live to expectations. Jack Lisowski had looked deadly in the previous round and played some scary stuff in the first frame. But Ronnie stayed calm, playing good match snooker and capitalizing on Jack’s mistakes. The third frame proved to be the turning point: Jack looked set to win it, but Ronnie managed to steal it. After that Jack looked increasingly vulnerable as the match unfolded and, after the MSI it was truly one way traffic.
Big thanks to Tai Chengzhe for those images
In the media…
UK Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan dispatches Jack Lisowski in York
Defending champion O’Sullivan, celebrating his 43rd birthday today, needed just 87 minutes to beat Lisowski as he continued his pursuit of a record seventh UK title. He now meets Martin O’Donnell or Ding Junhui.
After losing the first frame, O’Sullivan reeled off six in a row with breaks of 88, 118, 12 and 68. Lisowski must now sweat on other results to find out whether he has earned a Masters debut; Tom Ford could edge him out by winning the tournament and Joe Perry can do the same by reaching the final.
O’Sullivan said: “I know how dangerous Jack is and what a great season he has had. He reminds me of myself when I first came on to the scene because he pots some amazing balls and can play any shot in the book but misses a few easy ones. That’s why I didn’t do as well in my early career as I do now, I couldn’t cut out missing the easy ones and you can’t afford to do that and win consistently. I get super nervous before matches but you have to learn how to perform under pressure.
“I haven’t played great this week, I think that is obvious. My consistency is better. I’m going through a transition period working with (coach) Steve Feeney and SightRight. I believe in the changes I am making but there is a difference between practice form and taking it out to the match table. Although I won five titles last season I was pretty poor, I only played one good tournament at the English Open. At the World Championship I felt I couldn’t pot a ball from more than two feet. So I knew I needed to reinvent myself and find a game to allow me to compete. The changes I am making are giving me more power, more accuracy and opening up a range of shots I haven’t been able to play.
“I’ve always got my eyes on the biggest prizes which is why I’m always looking to improve. I’ve always been as dedicated as a pro as anyone in their chosen sport. People just say I’m talented but they should come and watch me practise and see what I go through. Even the other lads at the club say they’ve never seen anyone play with the same intensity as me. I might not play for six or seven hours a day, but I’ll do two or three where I’m in the zone and very focused.”
An interesting bit about the practice.
The MSI analysis
And the reviews
A very happy birthday then Ronnie!
Enjoy your evening and meal with friends …