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O’Sullivan progresses to English Open last 16 after toppling Vafaei

O’Sullivan progresses to English Open last 16 after toppling Vafaei
By Eurosport

17/10/2019 at 13:57Updated 17/10/2019 at 17:34

Ronnie O’Sullivan has progressed to the last 16 of the English Open in Crawley after a overcoming Hossein Vafaei 4-1.

After a slow start with Vafaei taking the first frame, O’Sullivan opened had breaks of 33, 52, 55 and 60 to secure the all-important victory.

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It was a far from vintage performance from O’Sullivan and he admitted post-match he saw the game as “practice”.

"Pleased to be in the next round," he told Eurosport. "I was just laughing at Hossein - he's so funny. I couldn't stop laughing.

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“I’ve got my eggs in lots of different baskets so I don’t invest everything in one thing. Each tournament I prioritise differently.

“For me it’s just a bit of practice and in some ways I’m getting punished for winning because I don’t get to do the punditry.”

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O'Sullivan will return this evening to face either Mei Xi Wen or Elliot Slessor.

ELSEWHERE AT THE ENGLISH OPEN

Tom Ford beat Kyren Wilson 4-2 to reach the last 16.

Xiao Guodong claimed a surprise 4-3 victory over Jack Lisowski and has been rewarded with a clash against Mark Selby, who beat Matthew Selt 4-2.

17-year-old Si Jiahui impressed again by thrashing Chinese compatriot Zhou Yuelong 4-0.

ENGLISH OPEN ROUND THREE RESULTS

  • Zhao Xintong 4 - 0 Neil Robertson
  • Mei Xiwen 4 – 1 Elliot Slessor
  • Gary Wilson 4 - 3 Joe Perry
  • Barry Hawkins 4 – 2 Fergal O'Brien
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4 – 2 Graeme Dott
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan 4 – 1 Hossein Vafaei
  • Shaun Murphy 4 – 0 Fan Zhengyi
  • Mark Allen 4 - 1 Louis Heathcote
  • Tian Pengfei 4 – 2 Dominic Dale
  • Ricky Walden 4 – 3 Michael Holt
  • David B Gilbert 4 – 2 Kurt Maflin
  • Xiao Guodong 4 – 3 Jack Lisowski
  • Mark Selby 4 – 2 Matthew Selt
  • Tom Ford 4 – 2 Kyren Wilson
  • Si Jiahui 4 – 0 Zhou Yuelong
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