Ronnie O’Sullivan almost seemed to allow his frustrations to get the better of him during his UK Championship first round match with Michael White.
The Rocket, gunning for his eighth title in York, saw a two-frame lead slip twice at 2-0 and 3-1 to allow White to level at 3-3 before restoring his advantage in the seventh.
Looking to go 5-3 up in the eighth, O’Sullivan found himself amid a cluster of reds and played an aggressive shot to scatter them, sending balls all over the table.
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“Anybody hurt?” quizzed Joe Johnson on commentary. “He had no idea what was happening to the cue ball there”
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“Very un-O’Sullivan like break this with the cue ball hurtling around the table," Phil Studd added.
O’Sullivan eventually went on to take the frame and closed out the match 6-3 to progress to the second round.
Earlier in the match, O’Sullivan raced into an early lead with an impressive 139 total break before another century in the second.
White battled back with a century of his own but in the end proved now match for the world number three.
O’Sullivan will face Robbie Williams in the second round after he won 6-4 against Nigel Bond.
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