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Ronnie O'Sullivan hammers Michael Georgiou, John Higgins beats Cao Yupeng to reach last 32

O'Sullivan hammers Georgiou, Higgins beats Cao Yupeng to reach last 32

03/12/2017 at 15:56Updated 03/12/2017 at 23:07

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised past Michael Georgiou with a 6-1 win in the UK Championship second round, while John Higgins beat Cao Yupeng 6-4.

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The five-time champion raced into a 4-0 lead before Georgiou took his only frame with a break of 60.


O'Sullivan, who is hoping to equal Steve Davis' haul of six titles at the Barbican in York, was not at his free-flowing best and did not make any century breaks. However, his class told as he rounded off the match with breaks of 68 and 82.

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"I just want to play for the enjoyment of it," O'Sullivan told the BBC. "I find it tough sometimes, I just have to manage it as well as I can.

" Records are not something I am worried about. I keep it as business like as I can - I don't want to get too emotionally involved."

He will now face wither Michael White of Matthew Selt on Tuesday.

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Higgins made tougher work of Yupeng however, struggling to a 6-4 win, despite some excellent shots from his opponent.

The three-time champion struggled with his cue ball control but ended with a 66-1 win in the final frame.


John Higgins 6 - 4 Cao Yupeng

Yan Bingtao 6-1 Ben Woollaston

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 Michael Georgiou

Kyren Wilson 6 - 4 Yu Delu

Luca Brecel 6 - 3 Aditya Mehta

Mark King 6 - 4 Mike Dunn

Barry Hawkins 6 - 2 Hammad Miah

Martin Gould 6 - 2 Robbie Williams

Noppon Saengkham 6 - 0 Leo Fernandez

Xiao Guodong 6 - 1 Tom Ford

Michael White 6 - 1 Matthew Selt

Jimmy Robertson 6 - 5 Alan McManus

Shaun Murphy 6 - 5 Liam Highfield

Ricky Walden 6 - 5 Jamie Jones [44]