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O'Sullivan notches second whitewash as Selby and Robertson go through

O'Sullivan notches second whitewash as Selby and Robertson go through

30/11/2019 at 15:38Updated 01/12/2019 at 09:43

Ronnie O'Sullivan made it 12 frames on the bounce at the UK Championship with a 6-0 destruction of Tian Pengfei.

O'Sullivan has won the last two UK Championship titles, beating Shaun Murphy and then Mark Allen in the 2017 and 2018 finals.

The Englishman had dispatched Ireland's Ross Bulman in the opening round, who only managed 108 points in total over the six frames.

O'Sullivan only made one century in that match - a clearance of 133 - and recorded the same tally as he beat Tiang, make 106 in the fifth frame.

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The seven-time UK champion will now face Noppon Saengkham after he beat Anthony McGill 6-3.

Mark King was also among the early winners through to the third round on Saturday, as he beat China's Lyu Haotian 6-1.

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The Romford Battler looked on course for another whitewash when a break of exactly 100 gave him a 5-0 lead, only for Lyu to make 87 in frame six and prolong the encounter for at least one more frame.

However, world No 36 King picked up two half-centuries in the seventh to complete the victory - he will play Neil Robertson next.

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Kyren Wilson was a high-profile departure from the tournament on Saturday as Marco Fu came back from 4-1 down to triumph 6-5 in a tense deciding frame.

Fu will also be joined in the third round by Stuart Bingham and Hang Li after they both recorded 6-4 victories.

In the evening session, Mark Selby was not entirely fluent but edged his way into the third round.

Selby made a break of 129 to take a 2-1 lead added two more to lead by three, but was pegged back by Liam Highfield.

However, the Jester from Leicester found another gear to complete the victory.

Robertson was also made to work for his place in the next round by Robbie Williams.

The world No 61 took an early with a break of 52 in the opener but it looked as though it would be business as usual when he won three frames on the bounce to lead by two at the mid-session interval.

But a scrappy match broke out - there were only five breaks of more than 50 and one century - with Robertson consistently unable to convert opportunities.

He could have finished the match half an hour earlier when he failed to play an effective cannon but eventually a break of 63 in the 10th frame was good enough to seal the match.

And late on in the evening Alan McManus completed a remarkable comeback as he won five straight frames on the bounce to beat Barry Hawkins 6-4.

Elsewhere, Daniel Wells was beaten by Eden Sharav 6-2, Zhao Xintong edged out Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Anthony Hamilton downed James Cahill 6-3, and Mark Allen saw off Jak Jones 6-5.

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