Yesterday Ronnie beat Soheil Vahedi, from Iran, by 4-0, to reach the QF in Cardiff. He will face Mark Selby this afternoon. He is currently 17th on the one year list. A win today would put him on 16th at the expense of Gary Wilson.
Here is the report by WST:
O’Sullivan booked his place in the quarters with a 4-0 defeat of Iran’s Soheil Vahedi.
His run this week could prove to be crucial in the race to earn a spot in the upcoming Coral Players Championship. Only the top 16 players in the one-year list will qualify, O’Sullivan currently lies in 17th position in the live rankings.
The Rocket wasted little time in progressing this evening. He top scored with a break of 131 in a victory which took under an hour to complete.
O’Sullivan said: “I’m pleased to get the win and happy to be in the next round. I managed to pinch the second frame to go 2-0 up. I played a good third and the fourth was in and out, I am really pleased to get through.”
Ronnie played well really, and gave his opponent due respect.
The evening session preview by the ES pundits (with i nterviews with Judd Trump, Ronnie and Soheil Vahedi)
The evening mid session analysis by the ES pundits, with Ronnie in the studio
As you can hear Ronnie was full of praise for his opponent, stressing how difficult it is on tour for expat players like him. He was also very critical of the conditions, as had been other top players this week.