Ronnie O' Sullivan and Judd Trump Coast into International
Ronnie O’Sullivan breezed into the main draw of the International Championship as the qualifiers reached its conclusion in Preston on Friday. The “Rocket” wasted little time as he demolished Gerard Greene 6-0 in less than 90 minutes at the Guild Hall.
O’Sullivan, without a ranking event victory since the 2016 Welsh Open, compiled a 112 in the last frame in completing the whitewash.
It was similarly straightforward for rival Judd Trump, who matched O’Sullivan’s scoreline with a 6-0 drubbing of his own.
Trump wrapped up his triumph with a ton as well, a 109 adding to earlier runs of 74 and 56 as he beat Scotland’s Chris Totten.
The biggest shock on the last day of action saw Paul Hunter Classic champion Michael White lose 6-3 to Eden Sharav.
White won the opening two frames of the contest, aided by a 101 in the second, but lost the third on the black which it set into motion a five-frame losing streak.
Sharav constructed runs of 88, 84, 65, and 86 as he restricted the Welshman to his chair for the majority of the remainder of the affair.
Elsewhere, there was safe passage to Daqing for the other seeded players in the line-up.
Kyren Wilson, runner-up last week in the World Open, ousted Rhys Clark 6-2 while Luca Brecel got in on the bagel action with a 6-0 victory against Allan Taylor.
The Belgian, a maiden ranking event winner this season after his success in the China Championship, will head to his home event in the European Masters next week brimming with confidence.
Meanwhile, the in-form Li Hang fought back brilliantly form 5-2 behind to deny Soheil Vahedi in a dramatic decider, while countrymen Li Yuan and Niu Zhuang emerged from tight ties too.
Northern Ireland Open champ Mark King won the last four frames as he saw off Christopher Keogan 6-4, with seasoned pros Dominic Dale and Ben Woollaston booking their tickets courtesy of triumphs against Welsh pair Jackson Page and Duane Jones respectively.
Jack Lisowski comfortably saw off German rookie Lukas Kleckers while among the other players to progress were Hossein Vafaei and Oliver Lines.