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Snooker: O’Sullivan wants Welsh Open improvement

PUBLISHED: 09:30 02 March 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan looks on (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

Ronnie O'Sullivan looks on (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan is adamant he can still improve on his form at the ManBetX Welsh Open despite being on a remarkable run of winning 18 consecutive frames.

Mike Dunn was the Rocket’s latest victim in the last 16, seeing off his opponent in around an hour without dropping a frame to reach the quarter-finals.

The Grove-based cueman, whose title win at the World Grand Prix in Preston last week was a fourth of the season, thinks there’s still room for progress in his game.

But first comes one of the most mouth-watering ties of the week in Cardiff, with John Higgins the man standing in O’Sullivan’s way of a place in the last four.

“Things are going alright, you have to just focus on the next match and try to stay present,” he said.

“I’ll need to improve slightly on what I’ve shown so far this week when you go up against a player of John’s class.

“I’m pleased to get through. It was nice.”

The victory, his third at the Cardiff event having beaten Graeme Dott and David Grace, set up an absorbing last-eight clash against a man who is eyeing up ManBetX Welsh Open history, already a four-time champion.

In the pair’s last meeting at last year’s Scottish Open, Higgins won without even dropping a frame but O’Sullivan is set to become the first player to win £1million of prize money in a single season having won the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and World Grand Prix.

“John is one of the all-time giants,” O’Sullivan said.

“He and Stephen Hendry are the two best players to have ever played the game.

“I never really look at revenge or anything like that. Each match is different but any game me and John play could be a final.

“It probably would be better as a semi or a final, rather than a quarter.

“The tournament starts for me around the last 32. When you get to the quarters, it’s the business end you know.”

*Watch the Welsh Open LIVE on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with Andy Goldstein and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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