Ronnie O’Sullivan trashed Boonyarit Keattigun 6-0 in a 56 minute snooker match which saw the Rocket make 3 century breaks
O’Sullivan has yet to make his mark on this season as he’s won nothing since the Welsh Open last February. Struggling with form lately, fans have been worried that his form has slipped due to distractions elsewhere away from the table.
Just today, O’Sullivan hinted on his Twitter account of a possible retirement in favour of punditry with Eurosport. In a post match interview tonight O’Sullivan said ” I just try to play enjoy it and see where it takes me”. He then went on to mention that snooker is merely a distraction and that punditry was a real job.
In his first round match tonight, O’Sullivan hammered the Thai player Keattigun 6-0 and made three centuries in the process, all in 56 minutes of play. His opponent, Keattigun only managed to score 25 points in the entire match.
If there are any snooker tournaments where O’Sullivan is most prolific, then it’s the big three, which include the World Championships, The UK’s and the Masters.
O’Sullivan is the bookies favourite to win here in York and judging my tonight’s performance, rightfully so.
Elsewhere newly crowned Northern Ireland Open champion Mark King was defeated 6-2 by Sam Craigie in their first round match.
After the mid-session interval, King forgot to bring his cue back with him from the dressing room, resulting in him being deducted a frame as a punishment.
Shaun Murphy saw off the Brazilian Itaro Santos 6-3 after Santos initially took the first three frames.
Other players who progressed to the next round included Robert Milkins, Luca Brecel and Ricky Walden, who all had decisive wins over their opponents.
Tomorrow see’s more top names opening up their UK Championship campaign which include, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire.