O’Sullivan has 28 ranking titles, tied with John Higgins and Steve Davis
Ronnie O’Sullivan needed less than an hour to beat Graeme Dott 5-0 and reach the quarter-finals of the Evergrande China Championship in Guangzhou.
O’Sullivan fired breaks of 78, 75, 62 and 139 as he won in 59 minutes to book a meeting with Luca Brecel.
“It was a very good crowd, they come here for entertainment and I want to put a smile on people’s faces,” said O’Sullivan, chasing his first ranking title in 18 months. “It’s important for me to show people what I can do. I play to enjoy it and hopefully everyone else does. I like to play quickly, make breaks and play the first shot I see without thinking too much. When I do that I enjoy the moment and forget about everything else. Now the match is over I am happy to have won.
“I want to play the way that allows me to enjoy the game, and tomorrow will be the same.”
Ali Carter eased to a 5-1 win over Mark Davis with top breaks of 51, 73, 50, 53 and 70. He will now face Fergal O’Brien, who came from 4-2 down to beat Alan McManus 5-4 in a marathon 4 hour 50 minute battle which finished at 1am.
China’s Li Hang reached his first ranking event quarter-final by edging out Matthew Stevens 5-4. Li trailed 4-3 but dominated the last two frames with top runs of 41 and 54.
“It has been my goal for a long time to make my first quarter-final. It came true today and I’m so happy,” said Li, who now meets Mark Williams. “I have loved the sport since I was a kid but there was a period when I wasn’t in form and I almost quit.
“I have to thank my family, especially my dad. I dropped off the tour in 2009, my technique was totally out of shape. For some reason I came back and persisted so I’m happy with where I am now. This tournament does not really give me pressure as I’m trying to improve myself as a player and collect as much experience as I can. I’m able to enjoy the game now. You guys (the media) mentioned a potential final of me against Zhou Yuelong and I guess we’re both trying.”
Shaun Murphy v Zhou Yuelong
Ali Carter v Fergal O’Brien
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Luca Brecel
Li Hang v Mark Williams