The 2019 English Open – Ronnie beats Yuan Sijun in the last 64

Ronnie beat Yuan Siju by 4-3 in the last 64 round today. However the scoreline is the only thing this match had in common with his first round win over Jamie O’Neil. Ronnie was focused, patient and totally professional from start to finish. And yet he had to come back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to get the win. Yuan, who is rated very highly by Stephen Hendry, played extremely well, and it’s only towards the end that he showed some signs of nerves and where, I assume, Ronnie’s experience got him through. The commentators stressed that this was the best match of the tournament so far.


In the studio, Ronnie was full of praise for his young opponent and quite happy with his own performance. He has barely played competitively for five months and he said that matches like this one is just what he needs to get sharp.

This is Ronnie postmatch in the studio:

This is the report by Worldsnooker:

Ronnie O’Sullivan had to come from 2-0 down for the second consecutive match at the English Open but once again prevailed 4-3 to reach the third round.

He joins top stars including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson and Mark Allen in a strong line up for Thursday’s action.

On Monday, O’Sullivan had to come from 2-0 and 3-2 down to beat Jamie O’Neill, and today’s meeting with China’s up-and-coming Yuan Sijun followed a similar pattern. Breaks of 79 and 104 put Yuan 2-0 ahead. Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan pulled one back with a run of 68 then Yuan went 3-1 up with a 66.

O’Sullivan then stepped up a gear and took the last three frames with 81, 84 and 87, making it six wins from six matches so far this season, having triumphed at last month’s Shanghai Masters. His next opponent is Iran’s Hossein Vafaei.

“I don’t judge whatever I do these days, I just go out and play,” said O’Sullivan. “Whatever happens this will be a fantastic week for me, if I lose I can do a bit of punditry.”

This is the match::

Here are a few images … big thanks to Tai Chengzhe

One thought on “The 2019 English Open – Ronnie beats Yuan Sijun in the last 64

  1. I watched the match and honestly I didn’t think either player was anywhere near their best. Yuan struggled a bit with the unfamiliar table conditions, but despite that took a 3-1 lead. After that he lost his way. It’s fairly clear how much potential Yuan has, just from looking at his technique, and the huge variety he has in striking the ball. Unfortunately he didn’t qualify for Yushan, very close to his hometown, so it’s difficult for him to get any momentum back after this loss. I saw him later in the cafe, not his usual exuberant self, but handling himself well.

    Two other Chinese players, Zhao Xintong and Fan Zhengyi, were incredibly fortunate to win re-spotted blacks, and Si Jiahui demonstrated a great natural ability with a win over Bingham, who didn’t get started in the morning. It’s amazing to think Si only got accepted into the CBSA Academy in January.

    There have also been some encouraging performances by some young British players, for a change!

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