Ronnie won his opening match in Belfast, beating Oliver Lines by 4-2. To be honest, it was a struggle, but, he is still in it and it’s all that matters.
Here is the report on Worldsnooker (excerpt)
36-time ranking event winner Ronnie O’Sullivan booked his place in the second round with a hard fought 4-2 win over world number 80 Oliver Lines.
O’Sullivan claimed a tightly contested 35-minute tactical frame to take a 1-0 lead. However, Lines restored parity and then moved to the front by taking the third frame on the black to lead 2-1.
The Rocket secured three frames on the bounce, including a break of 87, to turn the match on its head and emerge a 4-2 victor.
O’Sullivan said: “I’d much rather just hammer people to be honest. 10-1 or 9-0, I love all of that. I don’t enjoy having to battle. Every match this year feels like it has been a deciding frame. I’m just happy to still be in the 19.com Northern Ireland Open, it is a great tournament and I still want to be in it.”
This is the preview of yesterdays evening session:
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Oliver Lines – NI Open 2019, last 128
The review of that match with Ronnie:
So, Ronnie is well aware that his break-off is a weak link in his game, but doesn’t know how to solve it… I remember him, a few years back, saying that getting a couple of balls lose was something desirable because he didn’t fancy getting involved in ten minutes plus going up and down the table before the frame actually started developping. On av erage though, players were less aggressive at the time and didn’t go for everything in sight.
And great thanks to Tai Chengzhe for these images