Same score as in the last 128, but very different matches. Ronnie was well aware of his young opponent quality – Yuan has beaten both John Higgins and Mark Williams this season – and gave the match his full respect and attention.
Yuan didn’t play badly at all, his safety was excellent overall, it is all the most remarkable because he is still very young, only eighteen. But Ronnie was focused and on his game, except maybe a short dip in concentration in frame five. He played attacking snooker, without being reckless. This was an excellent match, played in great spirit too.
Oh, and Ronnie was a bit mischievous again.
And the preview of the evening matches, with Ronnie in the studio discussing his afternoon win.
Plus some great images thanks to Tai Chengzhe !
Here is the report on Worldsnooker: (excerpt)
Four-time Welsh Open champion Ronnie O’Sullivan booked his third round place with a 4-2 win over Chinese teenager Yuan Sijun. After losing the first frame, O’Sullivan took four of the next five with top breaks of 120, 66, 90 and 99. He now meets Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher.
“ I don’t look into how I’m playing,” said O’Sullivan, who moved his career century tally to 993. “One day is rubbish and I’m a bit more miserable, then the next day is better and I get more of a spring in my step. I’d like to win a couple of more matches here and see how it goes because it feels as if it’s coming pretty easy to me mentally and physically. Whereas last week in Cheltenham I was so happy when I lost. I went to Sheffield for a few days, sat on my boat and did some practice.
“Yuan is a very good player which is great for the game if he can continue on the same trajectory. He has potential to be a World Champion. He’s going to be a huge star in China so it will be interesting to see how he handles that.”