19 february 2021 publish date
World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan eased to a 4-0 whitewash win over 10-time ranking event winner Jimmy White at the BetVictor Welsh Open.
The Rocket now leads White 32-9 in their head-to-head record and has been victorious in their last ten meetings.
O’Sullivan, a four-time winner of the Welsh Open, is bidding to equal John Higgins’ record of five titles in the event this week.
White struggled during this afternoon’s encounter, with O’Sullivan edging a scrappy first two frames on the colours. The 37-time ranking event winner then surged to the final two frames with breaks of 70 and 65 to win 4-0.
Afterwards O’Sullivan stated the importance of remaining in the zone, despite facing his close friend White.
O’Sullivan said: “You have to programme yourself to stay in your own lane, focus on what you have to do and try not to be influenced by your opponent. That is what you have to do for your entire career. You just have to block it out no matter what happens.
“In some ways those performances are more pleasing than open and fluent games. Sometimes when you have to dig in there is a bit more pleasure, as you have to work a bit harder.”
World number one Judd Trump came through a tough tie with Chinese 18-year-old Si Jiahui 4-2 to book his place in the last 32.
On Thursday just two rounds were finished and quarter finalists were determined at the Welsh Open.
The bombshell of the event at the afternoon session was Iranian Hossein Vafaei 4:2 defeat of Judd Trump! The encounter was an equal fight, but Trump couldn’t demonstrate his best skills during the game . Wafaei won the third frame 2:2, having avoided counter and made a break of 60, he came through to 1/8 of the final and saw off world champion and main favourite for BetVictor Series Top Prize.
Ronnie O’Sullivan goes on his whitewash series of 70, 74 and 138 defeat of Martin Gould 4:0.
Mark Selby took the risk to get out of the event, defeating 2:3 in the third round match with Joe O’Connor. But the three-time world champion won the match with breaks of 88 and 131 and went through to the next stage of the tournament.
John Higgins was beaten by Ali Carter in a decisive frame. Settling the century score to 124, Higgins gave him a shot to attack and Carter beat him 3:4 with series of 99.
The fourth round matches were played at the evening session.
Shaun Murphy remains hopeful to book his place in top16 in coming Players Championship, beating Barry Hawkins in a very tough match just only on final balls of the decisive match.
Welsh Mark Williams is making his way at the home tournament, beating Hossein Vafaei 4:2, the victor of the third round with Judd Trump.
Zhou Yuelong, losing 0:3 before, managed to win the first frame over Ronnie O’Sullivan at this event, since all previous matches “Rocket” won over his opponents to zero. In the fifth frame the Chinese player tried to impose his own fight, but to win over the six-time world champion in an excellent shape, was the hardest task. Ronnie started his approach with great long safety, and finished by a victorious break 4:1, booking his place in the quarter-final.
Ronnie’S opponent stood out during a tough match between Mark Allen and Ali Carter, giving a post-match interview in Eurosport studio, while the second frame was still going on. Carter was stronger in this fight, finally beating Allen 4:2.
So the Welsh Open quarter-finals will take place as follows:
The article is based on WST.TV