Welsh Open 2019 – Ronnie wins his last 64 match, beating Yuan Sijun by 4-2


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.

WelshOPen 2019 ROS L64 Scores

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.


Match Previews


Match Action

Match Reviews


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.”

One thought on “Welsh Open 2019 – Ronnie wins his last 64 match, beating Yuan Sijun by 4-2

  1. Ronnie did well. Yuan should be disappointed with his performance – in my view too many players seem happy when losing to Ronnie. Normally Yuan is quite upset after a loss.

    The last-32 draw is shaping up nicely, with some young players, such as Joe O’Connor and James Cahill, and quite a bit of diversity with players from 11 countries still involved. That’s in contrast to the Players’ Championship which is looking like 15 British players plus Neil Robertson. Ronnie’s next two matches should be quite open games which will suit him.

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