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Ronnie O’Sullivan through in China, Mark Williams on fire

O’Sullivan through in China, Williams on fire
By Eurosport

02/04/2018 at 10:15Updated 02/04/2018 at 22:53

Ronnie O’Sullivan hit a match-high break of 110 as he cruised into the main draw for the China Open with a 6-2 win over Ross Muir.

Video - ‘What a shot that is’ – Ronnie O’Sullivan at his best in China


The five-time world champion made the century in the opening frame, with further scores of 67, 64 and 84 seeing him through.

Video - O'Sullivan hits ton as he clinches opening frame


O’Sullivan will face Elliot Slessor in the first round.

Mark Williams made six consecutive 50+ breaks – including sittings of 131 and 129 – as he demolished Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-1 to reach the second round. Mark Allen was a winner by the same scoreline against Noppon Saengkham, while Luca Brecel fell to Cao Yupeng 6-4.

Mark Selby managed to hold off a spirited challenge from Wang Yuchen in his match, playing his way back out of trouble in the final frame after Yuchen played for snookers. Ding Junhui defeated Scott Carrington 6-2 in his qualification round.

Video - Defending champion Mark Selby through


Former world champion Stuart Bingham beat Matthew Stevens, twice a Crucible finalist but now down to number 53 in the world rankings, 6-5 with breaks of 92 and 55 to come from 5-4 down.

Martin Gould, Luca Brecel and Ali Carter crashed out, all beaten 6-4 by Sam Craigie, Cao Yupeng and Gary Wilson respectively, but there were wins for Ricky Walden, Joe Perry, Ben Woollaston and Jack Lisowski.

With additional reporting from PA


  • Zhang Yong 4-6 Chang Bingyu (Qualifier)
  • Chen Feilong 6-2 Fan Zhengyi (Qualifier)
  • Bassem Eltahhan 1-6 Luo Honghao (Qualifier)
  • Liang Wenbo 6-1 Duane Jones (Qualifier)
  • Ben Woollaston 6-5 Lee Walker
  • Noppon Saengkham 1-6 Mark Allen
  • Anthony Hamilton 1-6 Jack Lisowski
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-2 Ross Muir (Qualifier)
  • Lyu Haotian 6-4 Liam Highfield
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-6 Mark Williams
  • Ali Carter 4-6 Gary Wilson
  • Joe Perry 6-0 Chris Totten
  • Jak Jones 6-5 Nigel Bond
  • Luca Brecel 4-6 Cao Yupeng
  • Mark Selby 6-4 Wang Yuchen (Qualifier)
  • Chang Bingyu 6-2 Peter Ebdon (Qualifier)
  • Chen Feilong 5-6 Andrew Higginson (Qualifier)
  • Ding Junhui 6-2 Michael Georgiou (Qualifier)
  • Luo Honghao 6-2 Stuart Carrington (Qualifier)
  • Martin Gould 4-6 Sam Craigie
  • Hamza Akbar 0-6 Ricky Walden
  • Matthew Stevens 5-6 Stuart Bingham