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Snooker news - Ronnie O’Sullivan sweeps into quarter-finals on day of English Open shocks

O’Sullivan sweeps into quarter-finals on day of English Open shocks

18/10/2018 at 21:47Updated 19/10/2018 at 00:14

Ronnie O’Sullivan eased into the quarter-finals of the English Open courtesy of a 4-1 win against Eden Sharav in Crawley, as Mark Williams, Neil Robertson and Johns Higgins suffered shock defeats.


The five-time world champion followed up a consummate 4-1 win against Matthew Stevens earlier on Thursday with another dominant display, this time against world number 87 Sharav.

Video - O’Sullivan seals frame with outrageous swerve shot


The Rocket produced runs of 76, 72, 59 and 72 on his way to the quarter-final stage but it was performance not without fault.

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Sharav, who stunned Liang Wenbo in round two, was afforded chances in all five frames but capitalised only once – with a 64 in frame four - meaning O’Sullivan remains unbeaten this season.

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The defending champion will face Honghao Luo in the quarter-finals, who ousted 2010 world champion Neil Robertson 4-3 on a day of shocks at the K2 Centre in Crawley. World number 105 Luo Honghao compiled runs of 69, 56 and 74 to secure the biggest win of his career.

Elsewhere, Mark Davis downed John Higgins 4-2 in a match low on quality while reigning world champion Mark Williams was dumped out by Zhou Yuelong in the third round earlier on Thursday.

Ryan Day produced the performance of the session, compiling two total clearances - a 136 in frame four and 132 in frame six - alongside runs of 52 and 83, on his way to a 4-2 win over Judd Trump.

Video - Day seals quarter-final spot with another total clearance


Thursday Results

Round four

Ryan Day 4-2 Judd Trump

Allister Carter 4 - 3 Daniel Wells

Mark Davis 4 – 2 John Higgins

Luo Honghao 4 – 2 Neil Robertson

Noppon Saengkham 4 – 3 Robert Milkins

Ronnie O'Sullivan 4 - 1 Eden Sharav

Stuart Bingham 4 - 0 Ricky Walden

Round three

Judd Trump 4 – 2 Jack Lisowski

Zhou Yuelong 4 - 3 Mark J Williams

Daniel Wells 4 - 3 Barry Hawkins

Stephen Maguire 4 – 2 Jordan Brown

Robert Milkins 4 – 1 Shaun Murphy

John Higgins 4 – 1 Martin Gould

Ryan Day 4 – 2 Mark King

Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-1 Matthew Stevens

Ricky Walden 4-3 Ben Woollaston

Luo Honghao 4-2 Anthony McGill

Mark Davis 4-2 Mei Xiwen A

llister Carter 4-1 Matthew

Selt Noppon Saengkham 4-1 Yuan Sijun

Stuart Bingham 4-3 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Neil Robertson 4-1 Alan McManus

Eden Sharav 4-0 Craig Steadman

Ryan Day 4-2 Mark King

John Higgins 4-1 Martin Gould

Robert Milkins 4-1 Shaun Murphy

Stephen Maguire 4-2 Jordan Brown

Daniel Wells 4-3 Barry Hawkins