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YORK, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts during his match against Ross Bulman on day 3 of the Betway UK Championship at The Barbican on November 28, 2019 in York, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

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ByMichael Hincks
03/12/2019 at 22:11 | Updated 03/12/2019 at 23:31
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Ronnie O’Sullivan booked a fourth-round showdown with Ding Junhui after seeing off Noppon Saengkham at the UK Championship.

After world No 1 Judd Trump bowed out of the tournament on Monday, O’Sullivan was looking to avoid an upset when resuming his bid for a record-breaking 37th ranking title.

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And the defending champion in York safely reached the fourth round with a 6-2 victory over world No 32 Saengkham.

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O’Sullivan took the opener before losing his first frame of the tournament as Saengkham levelled up.

Saengkham was gutsy with his shot-choices but ultimately paid the price as O’Sullivan led 3-1 at the interval.

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O’Sullivan moved within a frame of victory at 5-2 thanks to a break of 97, and closed out the match when winning a tight eighth frame.

Speaking after his victory, O'Sullivan told Eurosport:

I'm pleased to get through. The table was playing really hard and tight and heavy, it was hard to control the white, but I thought I managed it pretty well.

"Flukes are all part of the game," O'Sullivan added, after a couple of lucky breaks for Saengkham. "He's the king of the flukes today, I want to buy those flukes off of him."

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In the other featured match of the afternoon session, Ding edged out Ali Carter 6-4, taking the last frame with a break of a match-high of 116 to secure victory.

Mark Selby inched past Martin O'Donnell in a slow-tempo match in the evening session, while Yan Bingtao made it another disappointing tournament for the frustratingly talented Jack Lisowski.

In-form Gary Wilson looks a dangerous proposition, with his 6-1 win over Joe Perry being the most convincing of the day at the Barbican.

Tuesday Results

Michael White 6-5 Mark Davis

Mark Selby 6-3 Martin O'Donnell

Yan Bingtao 6-3 Jack Lizowski

Gary Wilson 6-1 Joe Perry

Liang Wenbo 6-4 Eden Sharav

Ding Junhui 6-4 Ali Carter

Stephen Maguire 6-2 Graeme Dott

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-2 Noppon Saengkham

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