Search

Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Marco Fu at Dafabet Masters

PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 January 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan in action at the 2018 Dafabet Master (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Ronnie O'Sullivan in action at the 2018 Dafabet Master (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

O’Sullivan progresses to quarter-finals

Illness almost struck down Ronnie O’Sullivan, but in the end it was Marco Fu who was left feeling dizzy after the defending champion produced a 90-minute masterclass at the Dafabet Masters.

O’Sullivan complained of feeling light-headed during his first-round match but he still managed to treat his legions of fans to a thumping 6-0 against the helpless Fu at the Alexandra Palace.

The Chigwell ace is playing some of the best snooker of his career and already has three ranking event titles to his name this season, including the UK Championships last month.

And he played Fu off the table, scoring 649 points to Fu’s 35 across the six frames, on his way to booking a quarter-final with Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen.

“I feel a little bit dazed and confused at the moment, I have had it for about six days. I feel funny, I don’t think I have flu but I am just a little light-headed,” he said.

“I am all over the shop at the minute to be honest with you. I try not to over-think my performances but I am glad to get through.

“I love playing everywhere, just give me a cue, a table and some balls and I will play for you. Practice, Masters whatever – I get a buzz from just potting balls.”

Despite being under the weather, it took O’Sullivan a matter of minutes to underline his status as tournament favourite, hitting two centuries in quick succession.

He backed that up with a 74 and 112 before the mid-session interval and Fu was forced to wait until the fifth frame just to pot a ball.

But there was nothing he could do as O’Sullivan finished off the match quickly after the break and he says he’s playing such entertaining snooker it’s like watching Lionel Messi play football.

“I am not determined to entertain, I just go out there to play the game the way I play it and I know that if I play well then nobody does it the way I do it,” he added.

“It is a great feeling to be able to show people a wonderful way of how this game can be played and it is different to how everybody else does it and that is a great buzz for me.

“When I am long gone and dead and they whack it on YouTube, people will say ‘he was a bit like Messi’.

“There is football and there is Messi, there is Roger Federer and there are other tennis players. They get the ball over the net and they win tournaments but Federer is a joy to watch and the others are just good to watch.

“That is kind of how I see the way I play and I think the fans get something from that as well.”

• Watch the London Masters LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Neil Robertson, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

Latest Romford Sports News

The 22-year-old played for the under-23s on Monday night and wants to keep his match fitness up

After struggling during the first half of the season, Upminster have now won five times in a row

17:00

Everyone Active Raiders have announced Finnish duo Timo Kauhanen and Jani Lehtovaara for the Legends team to take on the current squad on August 26.

16:00

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor will hope to avoid a repeat of their past mistakes when they make the trip to Halifax Town this weekend.

After entertaining Chelmsford on Saturday, Hornchurch will host Brentwood a day later in the League Cup semi-finals

14:00

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says he will not be taking too much from their pre-season victory against Enfield Town when the two sides meet this weekend.

13:00

West Ham United return to the London Stadium for their first home game of the new Premier League term on Saturday when Bournemouth visit.

12:00

Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards says his side will be out for revenge against Woodford Green this weekend.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now