Yesterday Ronnie produced an excellent performance to beat Luca Brecel by 5-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2021 English Open. It wasn’t just the scoring. it was truly beautiful to watch.
Here are the scores:
The report by WST is rather short:
Ronnie O’Sullivan booked his place in the last four with a 5-1 defeat of Luca Brecel.
The 37-time ranking event winner will be appearing in his 84th ranking event semi-final tomorrow, where he will face either John Higgins or Yan Bingtao.
O’Sullivan is seeking a first ranking title since winning his sixth Crucible crown at the 2020 World Championship. He was runner-up in five ranking finals last season.
Breaks of 54, 85, 56, 69 and 90 saw the Rocket soar to victory this afternoon in just one hour and six minutes.
But Eurosport gave a more detailed account:
ENGLISH OPEN 2021 – RONNIE O’SULLIVAN BRUSHES ASIDE LUCA BRECEL TO POWER INTO SEMI-FINALS IN MILTON KEYNES
Ronnie O’Sullivan avoided going the same way as Judd Trump, who had been stunned by Mark King earlier in the day, as he booked his passage into the semi-finals of the English Open with a victory over Luca Brecel in the last eight. O’Sullivan is bidding to win the event for a second time, following up his win in 2017.
Ronnie O’Sullivan produced another impressive performance to book his place in the semi-finals of the English Open with a 5-1 win over Luca Brecel.
The Rocket has been largely excellent all week, aside from a stuttering 4-3 win over Anthony Hamilton when he complained about problems with his tip.
He was a step short of the three-century masterclass that did for Michael Georgiou in round two, but the tablecraft was excellent. When he ran out of position, O’Sullivan picked the best option and it helped him set up a meeting with John Higgins or Yan Bingtao in the last four.
He had spoken positively about work done on his tip after demolishing Jamie Clarke on Thursday evening, and he carried that momentum into his match with the Brecel.
Flying out of the traps as he went in search of an 84th semi-final appearance at a ranking tournament, O’Sullivan knocked in breaks of 54 and 85 to take the opening frame.
There was no recklessness, as when dropping out of position he ran for cover – waiting for another chance to appear.
It was the same drill in the second, with runs of 56 and 41 securing the six-time world champion a cushion.
“There are times when Ronnie looks more up for it than others; he looks zoned in on this,” Neal Foulds said on Eurosport commentary after the second frame had been secured.
O’Sullivan did not miss a pot in the opening two frames. He did in the third, a tough red into the right middle. It handed a sliver of an opening as Brecel snapped a run of 236 unanswered points. For a player who had been left cold for two frames, the underdog knocked in an excellent 94 to get a foothold in the game.
The reaction to losing a frame was a positive one from O’Sullivan. A delicious drag shot on a red to hold for the black set up a 69 to restore the two-frame cushion.
O’Sullivan’s focus suggested Brecel could not afford to make errors. He made a big one in the frame after the interval, leaving a red into the bottom right on the high side, and the 2017 English Open champion stepped in to move within one frame of victory.
A devilish snooker from O’Sullivan had Brecel in trouble at the start of the sixth frame. He escaped, but left an opening for his opponent who knocked in a long red – to the delight of a decent crowd at the Marshall Arena.
With the reds split, O’Sullivan tucked away a break of 90 to secure victory with the 5-1 win meaning he has dropped only six frames in reaching the last four.
And this is the post-match in the studio:
It’s a very interesting one because Alan and Ronnie discuss and explain the psychological changes that take place when a top player is at the table playing. It’s probably the same in most individual sports.
This afternoon, Ronnie will play John Higgins in the first semi-final. John didn’t play well at all yesterday, but I’m not expecting that to be the case again today. The two have played each other countless times and those matches have produced the whole range of results, from very close tussle to complete dominance by one of them, I just hope that Ronnie will not give John too much respect and will be able to play his own game.
No matter today’s result, there are already a lot of postives gained this week. Despite a slow start of the season, Ronnie is currently ranked 11th in the race to the 2021 World Grand Prix, with only two more events counting towards it: the UK Championship and the Scottish Open. This is pretty safe…