Snooker: O'Sullivan progresses in Scotland
PUBLISHED: 07:55 13 December 2017
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Fresh from winning the UK Championship in York last week, Ronnie O'Sullivan put on an assured display to reach the second round of the Dafabet Scottish Open.
The charismatic potter, currently ranked second in the world, swept past Cypriot Michael Georgiou with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
The 42-year-old Englishman started in confident fashion, with breaks of 68 and 57 helping him to a two-frame lead.
Georgiou won the fourth to bring it to 3-1 but then O’Sullivan checked out with an excellent 136 break and will now face countryman Robert Milkins on day three.
“It was alright out there on the table,” said O’Sullivan. “It’s a good tournament and they’ve had some good players here over the years, you get to go around Scotland and it’s nice to be playing here.
“It’s the last tournament for me now (in 2017), I’ve played seven tournaments on the bounce and I knew it was going to be manic, it’s two-and-a-half months travelling.
“I’ve barely been home and as soon as this tournament’s over it quietens down a bit.
“I’m not wishing this tournament over, I’m enjoying being here and Scotland’s a great place but I do feel a bit tired now I must admit, I’m sitting here struggling at the moment.
“I haven’t had a chance to practice because I’ve just been on the road a lot, but when I do practice I do it quite hard but I’m like that with everything – you know with my running, my gym and my nutrtition and when I get involved with my books or with Eurosport I throw myself into it, I can’t help it.
“I can’t just rock up and just settle for mediocre, it just isn’t in me. I think that’s a good thing and it drives me on.”
Romford potter Mark King will not be joining O’Sullivan in the second round after suffering an upset against world No.69 Zhang Anda.
King is ranked 48 places higher in the world standings but fell to a 4-1 defeat in the afternoon session on day two.
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