It was a disappointing afternoon for Ronnie as he was outplayed by Matthew Stevens in the last 32 round at the 2020 English open today.
Here are the scores:
Ronnie didn’t play well, but even more importantly Matthew Stevens was outstanding as the scores show. His pot succes in that match was above 98%. The Eurosport pundits stated that he missed three pots all match. That’s very hard to beat at the best of times, nevermind when you have an off-day.
Ronnie missed a few, but he certainly tried hard. It was plain to see how frustrated and disappointed he was by his own poor performance.
This is what Matt Huart (WPBSA) tweeted rigth after the match:
Matthew Stevens had a pot success rate of 98% as he scored a stunning 4-1 win over World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the third round of the Matchroom.Live English Open.
O’Sullivan was outplayed by an inspired opponent as former UK and Masters champion Stevens stormed into the last 16 and a match with fellow Welshman Jak Jones.
Breaks of 58 and 73 gave Stevens the first two frames. O’Sullivan pulled one back but spent most of the rest of the match in his chair as his opponent compiled runs of 51, 54 and 116.
It has been a slow start to the season for O’Sullivan – he lost in the last 64 of the BetVictor European Masters to Aaron Hill and pulled out of the BetVictor Championship League. After today’s match he said: “Matthew played much better than me. He has won big tournaments and he’s still a great player. I didn’t deliver and I’m just disappointed with that because the bottom line is I just want to play well.”
As disappointed as I was to see Ronnie struggling and losing, I was happy for Matthew who is probably one of the biggest underachievers in snooker. He looked set for big things at the start of his career, but he only won one ranking title from seven finals, the 2003 UK Championship. He also won the Masters in 2000. He lost twice in the World Championship final, in 2000 and 2005, having been ahead both times.
The loss of his father and manager, Morrell, and then the loss of his close friend Paul Hunter affected him badly. Both his private life and his career derailed. But he has been working hard in recent months and he starting to reap the results. It would be nice to see him lift the trophy on Sunday.