Ronnie booked his place in the play-offs already on the first day of the group, by winning his four matches, with 6 centuries to boot.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE SNOOKER: RONNIE O’SULLIVAN HITS MAGICAL SIX CENTURIES TO DOMINATE
World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan hit three straight centuries in a 3-1 win over Mark Selby to finish Wednesday on top of Group 5 with a 100 percent record. Runs of 125, 124 and 140 against Selby followed breaks of 122, 114 and 102 on his way to two 3-0 wins over Joe Perry and Kyren Wilson and a 3-1 success against old Essex foe Ali Carter.
World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan enjoyed a magical return to action in Milton Keynes on Wednesday by hitting six stunning centuries, including three straight tons against Mark Selby, to dominate a seven-man Group 5 at the Championship League.
O’Sullivan warmed up for next week’s Welsh Open at Celtic Manor by completing two 3-0 victories over Joe Perry and Kyren Wilson respectively and a 3-1 win over old foe Ali Carter, who he famously defeated in the 2008 and 2012 world finals, boosted by runs of 122, 114 and 102.
O’Sullivan was far from finished as he recorded three straight centuries of 125, 124 and 140 in a 3-1 win over Selby, who did not pot a ball after the opening frame, to finish the day on top of Group 5 with a 100 percent record on four points and a frame difference of plus 10.
In his first competitive matches since losing 6-3 to John Higgins in the quarter-finals of the Masters last month, the world number three also enjoyed breaks of 54, 76, 54 and 71 before his final fixture of the day against Selby, who ended the day pointless alongside Barry Hawkins from three matches.
O’Sullivan, who faces world number 77 Robbie Williams in the first round of the Welsh Open, is ideally placed to make a push for victory in the Group 5 final on Thursday with the top four contesting the semi-finals.
He is already guaranteed to progress to the last four before concluding his Group 5 fixtures against Mark Williams and Barry Hawkins on Thursday.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is top of the Group Five table and already guaranteed a place in Thursday evening’s play-offs after winning all four of his matches so far in BetVictor Championship League Snooker at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
Having already defeated Joe Perry, Kyren Wilson and Ali Carter, O’Sullivan then overturned a 1-0 deficit in his fourth and final match of the day to beat Mark Selby 3-1 with a hat-trick of centuries; 125, 124 and 140.
That left Selby winless in three matches, putting him joint bottom with Barry Hawkins, who also suffered three defeats on day one of the fifth group of this year’s invitational BetVictor Championship League Snooker.
Carter entered the tournament in this group and sits second behind O’Sullivan, having only lost to the World Champion in the four matches he played. Mark Williams and Wilson have two wins each, while Perry won one and lost two of his opening three matches.
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Group Five continues at 12:30pm on Thursday. Group fixtures and results can be found at www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk
Here a series of short videos shared on the event official twitter account:
Ronnie v Joe Perry
Ronnie v Kyren Wilson
Ronnie v Carter
Ronnie v Selby
And the performance…