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Returning Ronnie O'Sullivan rallies to beat Liang Wenbo

Returning Ronnie O'Sullivan rallies to beat Liang Wenbo
By PA Sport

22/09/2016 at 16:37

Ronnie O'Sullivan marked his return to action with a thrilling comeback win at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday while Stephen Maguire racked up the third maximum break of his career.

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O'Sullivan, playing his first World Tour match since his Crucible defeat to Barry Hawkins in April, trailed Liang Wenbo 4-1 but stormed back to win the last four frames and book his place in round two.

Meanwhile, Maguire's 147 came in the third frame of his 5-0 win over China's Yi Chen Xu - his second maximum in the country having also made one at the China Open in 2008.

But Kyren Wilson's Shanghai reign came to an abrupt end as the world number 14 suffered a 5-2 loss to Michael Holt, who never surrendered his lead after winning the first two frames.

Defending champion Wilson hauled his way back from 4-1 down with his first century of the match but Holt coolly responded with a 101 of his own in the seventh frame to book a round-two clash against O'Sullivan.

World champion Mark Selby recorded five half-century breaks in a 5-1 win over China's Yuan Sijun, while Mark Allen was also in blistering form as he cruised past Anthony McGill 5-0.

Ryan Day scored two centuries as he beat wildcard Ma Bing 5-1, while both Kurt Maflin and Stuart Carrington triumphed by the same scoreline against Guan Zhen and Niu Zhuang respectively.

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