Ronnie played a lot better than he did in his first match to beat Ryan Day by 4-1 in the last 64 round of the 2020 English Open. His next opponent will be Matthew Stevens.
Here are the scores:
The clearance that Ronnie did to steal the fourth frame is about as good a break as you will ever see.
O’Sullivan – It’s Weird With No Crowd
Ronnie O’Sullivan admits he’s still getting used to playing in tournaments behind closed doors, but on the table he was too good for Ryan Day as he won 4-1 to reach the third round of the Matchroom.Live English Open.
O’Sullivan felt the warmth of the Crucible crowd in August when he won the World Championship for the sixth time, but since then all events have been played without live fans. Players who usually thrive on the atmosphere have had to adapt.
Breaks of 68 and 56 gave O’Sullivan the first two frames today, before Day pulled one back with a 105. O’Sullivan made a superb 39 clearance to lead 3-1 then finished the match in frame four with tremendous pots on the green, brown and blue.
“I played ok, I missed a few balls,” said 44-year-old O’Sullivan, who now meets Matthew Stevens in the last 32. “It’s weird with no crowds, certain players need an atmosphere to get up for it. When you play a good shot you excite yourself and you don’t need the crowd to get you going. But when you are struggling you need a crowd to force you to find something. We’ve got to get used to it.
“I’m still looking for a cue action, I think as snooker players that’s all we really do. We’re always trying to find a way to try to hit solid shots and play in an efficient mode.”
The world number two wants his remarks to encourage young players to show more commitment and more consistency and prove him wrong.
‘In some ways, I was hoping that it would inspire a lot of the youngsters to work a bit harder,’ he told Pete Cohen’s podcast.
‘I care about the game, I look at youngsters and sometimes you can’t get through to them. Sometimes the best way to get through to youngsters is to give them a little bit of a knock.
‘That’s what worked for me when I was younger, whenever someone said I couldn’t do something, it inspired me to do it.
‘I just think winners think like that. If someone says you can’t do something, you first ask “why?” Then think “I’m going to show them.”
‘You get a lot of players that come on the circuit and everyone goes, “anyone can keep anyone” and yeah, anyone can beat anyone on a given day, but it’s not okay just beating me on a Monday, you’ve got to beat me Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
‘Anyone can beat anyone on a day, that’s a given, but it’s not about days, it’s about having good months, good years and good decades, if you want to be a true sportsman.
‘Otherwise, what are you? You’re just a pain the arse, every now and then you upset the apple cart.’
Interestingly, and related, Hector Nunns tweeted this after Ronnie’s match yesterday: