Ronnie, being the defending champion, opened the last 64 round, the first round shown on television by BBC. He beat Tian Pengfei by 6-0.
This is Ronnie’s interview before the match:
Here are the stats:
Ronnie played a good professional match. He was solid in all departements, he was focused and patient … except for a short spell in the last frame. He didn’t rush things, and played safe when necessary. Tian stats look dire, but that is in part because Ronnie never really allowed him to play and settle into the match.
Here is the report by Shamoon Hafez for the BBC
UK Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan eases through with another whitewash
Clearly Ronnie is not getting carried away. He comes across as calm and determined which is great. He will play Noppon Saengkham next.
And this is the report by Worldsnooker
Another Whitewash For Rocket (excerpt)
Ronnie O’Sullivan has made it into round three without conceding a frame; he followed up his 6-0 first round win over Ross Bulman by beating China’s Tian Pengfei by the same scoreline.
Seven-time UK Champion O’Sullivan made top breaks of 71 and 106 as he set up a match with Noppon Saengkham.
“I was trying to win as comfortably as I possibly can,” said the defending champion. “It’s not always going to work out like that and you have to assume that the competition will get stronger and just take one match at a time. You have to try and dominate the game as much as you can draw on experience.
“It’s great to be in York it’s a fantastic place this time of year. The tables are playing great and the further you go in the tournament the more enjoyable it gets.”
This is the match
Meanwhile a huge thank you to Tai Chengzhe for those great pictures
and also …
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