2020 English Open – Ronnie loses by 4-1 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32

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:

EnglishOpen2020L32ROSScores

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.

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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:

EnglishOpen2020L32ROSMaffTweet

And here is the report by WST:

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.

EnglishOpen2020L32ROS-1

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.

3 thoughts on “2020 English Open – Ronnie loses by 4-1 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32

  1. That wasnt a bad match from Ronnie. Stevens just scored well enough. But i think Ronnie would have recovered in a longer match for sure.

  2. It was that kind of match when I just hoped that Ronnie is OK otherwise, bc it was just painful to see him miss sitters when he was in first and had the balls nicely at his mercy and instead he let Stevens in, or made some terrible safeties. I don’t know if he would have recovered in a longer match, whatever he says, best of 7 is not his forte. Stevens among the ball was impressive and did not choke unlike all Trump’s first three opponents which just made me even more disappointed.

    Well, let’s see what Stevens does with this victory, hope not what many players do after beating Ronnie. I hope, he’ll do sth good.

    • Well, he didn’t do anything, just paved the way for others as it so often happens. 😦 I know it was a close result, but a close defeat is still a defeat.

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