Ronnie O Sullivan defeat Zhang Anda 4-1 at the English Open in Barnsley
Ronnie O’Sullivan overcame an ankle injury to defeat Zhang Anda 4-1 at the Dafabet English Open in Barnsley.
The Rocket sprained his ankle whilst running in the build up to the event. Despite concerns he may not be able to play O’Sullivan took to the baize wearing trainers, which he had been granted permission to wear due to strapping on his injury.
There were no signs off complications on the table, as the 41-year-old sped to the finish line in an hour and fifteen minutes. The five-time World Champion compiled breaks of 87 and 89 along the way.
O’Sullivan said: “I didn’t think I was going to be able to play this morning, I couldn’t really walk. But I went to the Star Academy to hit a few balls, and the Sheffield United physio had a look at it and gave it some treatment, and bandaged it up.
“It’s not too bad now, and I am looking to win trophies. My Christmas list would be the World, Masters and UK titles – but a win is a win.”
World Champion Mark Selby negotiated a stern test against Perth’s Scott Donaldson to edge through a 4-3 winner.
Donaldson is still searching for an elusive first match win of the 2017/18 campaign, but missed out by the narrowest of margins today against the world number one.
The Scottish cueist played some superb snooker to establish a 3-2 advantage. Donaldson compiled a fine century run of 121 and breaks of 72 and 57. However, from there Selby took charge. A contribution of 124 forced a decider and the Jester came through 67-23 to secure the win.
“From 3-2, I played no miss snooker and didn’t put a foot wrong. I made a good century to go 3-3 and I was fortunate to get a chance in the deciding frame,” said the three-time Crucible winner. “He will be disappointed because I thought he played well throughout the match and probably better than me. He scored the heaviest, but that’s snooker.”
Yushan World Open Champion Ding Junhui was too strong for Doncaster’s Christopher Keogan, coming through 4-1. The 13-time ranking event winner top scored with a break of 113.
Neil Robertson swept Billy Joe Castle aside with a 4-0 whitewash. The Australian made contributions of 63,69 and 53 on his way to the win.
In-form Mark Williams defeated Yorkshire’s David Grace 4-1. The win for the Welshman sets up a mouth-watering clash with China Champion Luca Brecel. The Belgian progressed in another difficult tie with Riga Masters winner Ryan Day 4-1.