O’Sullivan’s Sprint Finish
Ronnie O’Sullivan produced a blistering display to beat James Cahill 4-0 in their second round meeting at the 19.com Scottish Open in Glasgow.
Astonishingly the win took the Rocket only 32-minutes to complete. He averaged a rapid 12.8 seconds a shot during the tie.
It was a lightening-quick dose of revenge for 44-year-old O’Sullivan, who was knocked out of the World Championship by Cahill back in April, while the Blackpool potter was still an amateur.
Today O’Sullivan made breaks of 93, 111 and 86 as he stormed to victory. Next up he plays Martin Gould.
O’Sullivan said: “I feel like I am cueing as well as I have done for years. I’m just enjoying how I am playing and I’m just enjoying hitting balls. It didn’t seem like I was playing at 12 seconds a shot. I thought I was playing slower. I came out and tried to play a bit more conservatively as I have been a bit too attacking.”
Higgins Eases Through
John Higgins produced a strong showing to defeat Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1 and progress to the last 32.
Scotland’s four-time World Champion is still aiming to get his name on the Stephen Hendry Trophy for a first time, but has already enjoyed success in this event having reached the final in 2016 and made a 147 break here last year.
He notched up a momentous 775th career century break with a run of 123 during today’s win. That brings him level with Hendry in second position on the all-time century list, trailing only Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Higgins said: “Any time you can equal something Stephen Hendry has done is a good achievement. I’m proud of that. He is a big hero of mine.”
Trump Trounces Yuan
World Champion Judd Trump secured his place in round three with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Chinese teenager Yuan Sijun.
The Ace in the Pack is yet to drop a frame this week, having also whitewashed Morocco’s Amine Amiri in the opening round.
Shaun Murphy took just 51 minutes to beat Mark Davis 4-0. The Magician made breaks of 65, 60, 55 and 89 on his way to the win.
UK Champion Ding Junhui whitewashed his Chinese compatriot Mei Xiwen 4-0 to book his place in the third round, while Mark Selby defeated Alfie Burden 4-1 to progress.