Ronnie beat Stuart Carrington by 4-2 yesterday evening, to book his place in the last 32 of the 2020 Welsh Open. He will face Anthony Hamilton this afternoon. Should he win, Jack Lisowski or Soheil Vahedi will be waiting for him.
Rocket Downs The Mariner
Ronnie O’Sullivan came through an intriguing clash with Stuart Carrington 4-2 to progress.
The Rocket looked to be in danger when he trailed 2-1. Carrington spurned a golden opportunity to move one from victory, missing a red with a chance to clear. O’Sullivan pounced with a break of 31 to restore parity.
From there five-time World Champion O’Sullivan grasped control of proceedings. He claimed the fifth frame, before a run of 96 secured his victory. O’Sullivan faces Anthony Hamilton in tomorrow’s last 32.
Stuart Carrington is very solid, reliable; he has beaten Ronnie before. In the early stages of the match, he was the better player and Ronnie looked very nervous. Frame 4 was the turning point. Having “stolen” that one, Ronnie appeared to relax a bit and became much more aggressive. It paid off. In the last two frames, Ronnie played some fantastic shots. Later in the ES studio he said that he enjoyed the match.
His attitude was consistent with what he has been saying for some time, and confirmed to Hector Nunns in an interview after his first round victory.
The ES evening session preview
The ES evening session mid-session with Ronnie’s post interview
Big thanks to Tai Chengzhe for those great pictures