Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his first victory at the English Open after beating young Frenchman Brian O’Keefe 2-2 to win the sixth world title.
After his most recent crucible victory in August, O’Sullivan shocked Irish teenager Aaron Hill at the European Masters and then withdrew from the Championship League due to the different rules of his Covid-19.
In his first round at Milton Keynes on Monday, 21-year-old Ochoiski, ranked 127th in the world, is taking another surprise with a 2-0 lead with a break of 105.
But to raise awareness about breast cancer, Pink Nail Varnish reacted strongly to the successive O-Sullivan – taking the next four, recording his own century (113) in frame two.
“It was a tough match,” O’Sullivan said. “Whenever I was playing a certain shot I expected him to play a certain shot but he didn’t, so I thought I could do everything too, push the boat forward and play it as carefree. . It worked just fine. “
O’Sullivan said he is happy to be competing this week as more time between matches allows him to leave the bubble atmosphere.
“You can come and go for your test,” the 44-year-old said. “I have a bad stomach so I have to be careful about what I eat. I couldn’t get my own food (in the Championship League). This is a lot easier.
“I’m going to take the train, spend a day at home and come back.
“Even though they do the tests, I am very careful when I come to the place. You don’t even want to blend in with someone in a catchy position and then you have to be apart for two weeks. “
O’Sullivan’s comments forced world number 48 Stuart Carrington and referee Andrew Barklam to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for coronavirus. Sam Craigie, who came in contact with King Rington on Sunday, also pulled.
O’Sullivan said the coronavirus forced him to change his schedule this year.
He said: “Before Kovid hit, I was going to focus only on China for the rest of my career. There are all the big tournaments there but now no one knows what is happening with China, so we have been forced to play these events here. ”
O’Sullivan admits he may miss the Masters again this season after moving to the January event at Alexandra Palace.
“I didn’t miss playing in the Masters last year,” he said. “To be honest I don’t really enjoy that tournament much.”
Defending champion Mark Selby continued his recent resurgence by beating Fan Zhengi 4-0. Neil Robertson saw Liu Haotiano with the same score but Stephen Maguire lost 4-1 to Sunny Akani.
Ding Junhui outscored Si Jiahui 3-3 while Mark Allen defeated Mark King 2-2.
P Ve defeated Jimmy White 4-1 by Michael Holt and let his frustration at one point by throwing the rest on the floor after missing a mess.
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