World number one Mark Selby clinched his place in the quarter-finals of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, after defeating Martin O’Donnell 4-2 in Belfast.
The three-time World Champion has been in fine form this week, having breezed through all three matches prior to tonight, only dropping one frame in the process. However, O’Donnell provided a sterner test this evening.
The world number 60 claimed the opening frame on a respotted black. From there Selby took charge with breaks of 63, 66 and 81 to move 3-1 in front. That proved to be an unassailable advantage as Selby progressed to book a quarter-final meeting with Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
“I feel good. In patches I still played alright there. Martin has had a good season so far,” said Selby. “Thepchaiya is one of the most talented players on tour and one of the quickest as well. He is very dangerous and should have done better in his career than he has so far.”
Un-Nooh produced a phenomenal display to dispatch Robbie Williams 4-0 in just 37 minutes. The Thai rapidly fired in breaks of 138, 104, 99 and 65 to romp to victory. Incredibly, he averaged just 14 seconds a shot during the game.
Ronnie O’Sullivan came through 4-1 against young Chinese star Zhou Yuelong to secure his quarter-final spot.
The Rocket has been adopting an approach of all-out attack this week and it has paid off thus far, he’s dropped only two frames. Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan compiled breaks of 58, 83 and 132 on his way to this evening’s win. Up next he faces David Gilbert, who downed Lu Ning 4-0.
Judd Trump came through with a hard fought 4-2 victory against Belgium’s Luca Brecel. The Ace in the Pack was 2-1 down but then accumulated 316 points without reply to seal the win. He will meet Ryan Day tomorrow, after the Welshman beat Andrew Higginson 4-0.
Eden Sharav secured his first ever appearance in a ranking event quarter-final after coming from 3-1 down to beat Ali Carter 4-3. That leaves world number 18 Carter just the UK Championship to force his way into the top 16 in the Race to the Masters.
Sharav will now face Peter Ebdon for a spot in the last four, after the 2002 World Champion defeated Li Hang 4-1.