Ronnie ‘Really Not That Bothered’ About Winning Sixth World Title

Ronnie O'Sullivan 4RONNIE O’Sullivan claimed he was ‘really not that bothered’ about equalling Steve Davis’s six Crucible titles following his 13-7 second round victory against Shaun Murphy on Saturday.

O’Sullivan compiled two centuries and an additional nine breaks over 50 as he set up a quarter-final clash against last year’s runner-up, Ding Junhui.

In his post-match press conference, O’Sullivan refused to answer further questions on the dispute over disciplinary issues, after making unsubstantiated allegations of Barry Hearn and World Snooker of ”bullying” him at the conclusion of his first round victory against Gary Wilson.

When asked about the prospect of levelling Steve Davis’s six world titles, O’Sullivan, 41, said:

“I’m really not that bothered. I know it might sound crazy.

“At the end of it, if I was to win it I’d be sitting here saying it was a great, great feeling, but I’ve had that feeling five times before.

“It’s nice for a few days, a week or so, but after that you think, ‘Is it worth putting 365 days of blood, sweat and tears into hopefully winning the world title, to get that feeling?”

“I’ve never been driven by records and titles and being the greatest player on the planet.'”

He went on to compare his lifestyle to that of a touring rock star.

‘”I look at myself like a band or a singer nowadays. But I’m not confident of writing brilliant albums every year.”

“I haven’t had the greatest of seasons – I haven’t written a great album this year – but it hasn’t been a bad year.

‘”I don’t see that I need to write a great album any more, I just need to be a supporting act. I don’t mind letting the other guys write the good albums.'”

Meanwhile, John Higgins turned around a 5-3 overnight deficit against Mark Allen to lead 9-7 at the end of their morning session.

When play resumed in the evening, Allen reduced his arrears to 9-8 and looked set to level the match until he got a kick when attempting to pot a red while on 58.

Higgins went on to steal the frame and a break of 120 helped him extend his lead to 11-8, and while Allen pulled one back with a run of 54, the four-time champion dominated the next two to reach the last eight.

Ding Junhui took the deciding frame against his compatriot Liang Wenbo after squandering a two-frame lead to trail 10-9 after the first three frames of the final session.

Ding went on to recover from 11-10 and 12-11 behind and a break of 132 helped him force a decider, where a miscue from Liang allowed Ding in to wrap up victory with a break of 70.

Mark Selby and Stephen Maguire ended their sessions with 6-2 leads over Xiao Guodong and Rory McLeod respectively.

Second Round (best of 25 frames)

Sunday 23 April

10:00

Neil Robertson (Aus) v Marco Fu (HK)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco)

14:30

Mark Selby (Eng) 6-2 Xiao Guodong (Chn)

75-19 (67), 88-29 (58), 25-93, 80-5, 70-17 (51), 80-40 (76), 8-89 (89), 72-49

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 5-2 Rory McLeod (Eng)

72-43, 94-31 (67), 56-14, 72-43, 85-6 (71), 0-73 (73), 45-63, 72-23 (63)

19:00

Neil Robertson (Aus) v Marco Fu (HK)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco)

Monday 24 April

13:00

Mark Selby (Eng) v Xiao Guodong (Chn)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco)

19:00

Neil Robertson (Aus) v Marco Fu (HK)

Stephen Maguire (Sco) v Rory McLeod (Eng)

Results

Second Round (best of 25 frames)

John Higgins (Sco) 13-9 Mark Allen (NI)

0-135 (71, 65), 0-100 (100), 68-14, 90-42 (70), 24-106 (102), 0-129 (129), 0-82 (82), 72-40 (54), 84-0 (84), 64-20, 124-0 (124), 55-1, 0-122 (116), 72-70 (Higgins 72, Allen 70), 17-65, 76-26, 5-76 (76), 64-58 (Higgins 63, Allen 58), 124-7 (120), 5-93 (54), 69-0, 89-0

Ding Junhui (Chn) 13-12 Liang Wenbo (Chn)

133-0 (111), 67-57 (Wenbo 57), 16-68 (62), 113-0 (113), 99-1 (53), 36-62, 92-0 (62), 70-12 (70), 0-84 (84), 5-83 (75), 95-29 (91), 0-130 (130), 69-51 (Wenbo 51), 0-79 (79), 94-0 (94), 31-75, 23-110 (58), 0-98 (98), 59-86 (61), 72-43, 80-0 (80), 32-95 (50), 138-0 (132), 74-16 (70)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 7-13 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng)

1-110 (91), 130-0 (84), 5-75 (75), 7-128 (128), 21-77 (76), 16-84, 64-63, 0-78 (74), 91-0 (70), 0-80 (63), 0-79 (75), 44-89, 96-1 (84), 80-8 (73), 88-5 (87), 58-68, 32-105 (67), 75-52 (Murphy 55, O’Sullivan 52), 22-111 (111), 17-101 (55)

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-13 Kyren Wilson (Eng)

42-66, 11-89 (71), 38-62, 42-55, 6-70 (70), 76-39 (52), 92-0 (56), 53-18, 65-11 (64), 0-110 (110), 88-0 (84), 58-59, 70-9 (57), 30-61 (56), 86-24, 62-65 (56), 1-63 (63), 137-0 (137), 59-26, 1-68 (59), 0-88 (88), 80-0 (80), 15-65

First Round (best of 19 frames)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 10-3 Tom Ford (Eng)

67-61, 44-95 (50), 0-95 (91), 65-26 (65), 80-34 (52), 132-8 (132), 73-47 (55), 66-6, 5-72 (50), 80-0, 68-67, 64-22

Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-4 Noppon Saengkham (Tha)

83-12 (76), 83-6 (77), 90-0 (61), 68-48, 8-77, 113-0 (113), 65-60, 59-25, 62-26, 30-68, 65-15 (54), 74-1 (70), 22-77, 76-0 (76)

Judd Trump (Eng) 8-10 Rory McLeod (Eng)

96-5 (55), 64-14 (54), 58-51, 73-12, 17-80 (72), 49-64, 36-67, 0-72, 0-87 (77), 86-31, 43-64, 83-29 (65), 2-54, 44-57, 61-41, 16-80 (66), 64-33, 0-63

Ryan Day (Wal) 4-10 Xiao Guodong (Chn)

45-81 (62), 51-63, 66-70, 36-76, 61-44, 125-0 (125), 73-0 (72), 36-68, 62-65, 8-83 (67), 0-78 (78), 9-98, 98-0 (98), 0-79

Allister Carter (Eng) 7-10 Graeme Dott (Sco)

53-70, 55-81, 0-75, 52-67, 71-7 (53), 73-6, 38-82 (50), 76-0 (76), 1-71, 0-111 (111), 81-7 (74), 59-42, 18-66, 104-19 (104), 88-0 (88), 22-52, 43-81

Mark Selby (Eng) 10-2 Fergal O’Brien (Ire)

75-20, 91-2 (50), 82-14, 70-33 (63), 77-0 (77), 79-41, 83-0 (56), 95-5, 19-66, 92-4 (92), 57-73, 54-50

Anthony McGill (Sco) 2-10 Stephen Maguire (Sco)

12-116 (66, 50), 64-6 (58), 47- 61, 81-28 (55), 0-97 (97), 0-72 (60), 0-88 (50), 0-78, 0-79 (59), 1-60, 0-73 (57), 52-77 (58)

Kyren Wilson (Eng) 10-6 David Grace (Eng)

62-51, 90-18 (58), 56-70, 76-0 (72), 0-75 (75), 49-41, 71-24, 0-70 (56), 26-74, 58-42, 43-75 (52), 101-16, 0-131 (104), 93-26 (93), 70-9, 70-23

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 10-7 Gary Wilson (Eng)

74-41 (57), 64-0 (58), 125-0 (58, 63), 0-91 (54), 122-0 (122) 65-58 *respotted black, 44-70 (64), 0-99 (63), 69-78 (O’Sullivan 63), 93-59 (Wilson 50), 0-100 (100), 124-0 (124), 99-46 (74), 124-0 (83), 1-75, 4-103 (103), 90-1 (90)

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-5 Peter Ebdon (Eng)

97-15 (91), 77-70, 80-1 (80), 1-86, 29-66, 99-6 (74), 122-0 (122), 0-97, 74-81 (66) *respotted black, 62-61 (Bingham 62, Ebdon 55), 57-21, 73-27, 30-68, 77-74, 69-65 (Ebdon 65)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-8 Yan Bingtao (Chn)

85-11 (52), 22-109 (109), 89-23 (54), 128-6 (112), 119-6 (118), 41-66, 46-85 (67), 75-40, 81-0 (81), 62-28, 4-96 (56), 59-63, 109-16 (109), 54-70, 0-94 (94), 0-108 (70), 0-72, 67-65

Marco Fu (HK) 10-9 Luca Brecel (Bel)

7-86 (55), 0-109 (109), 24-61, 5-78, 8-94 (94), 69-30, 10-78 (62), 0-76 (76), 105-0 (105), 83-29 (75), 83-17 (83), 7-64 (56), 88-8, 66-9, 81-22, 61-53, 17-99 (78), 13-85 (85), 104-1 (56)

Mark Allen (NI) 10-8 Jimmy Robertson (Eng)

30-82 (60), 37-100 (86), 69-55 (Allen 63, Robertson 55), 8-96 (61), 105-0 (105), 1-86 (78), 68-39, 62-50, 100-0 (100), 20-66, 16-102 (62), 74-51, 29-124 (66, 54), 76-7 (60), 70-56, 61-53, 63-18, 97-0 (97)

John Higgins (Sco) 10-6 Martin Gould (Eng)

77-27 (55), 82-40 (50), 66-47 (65), 84-28 (76), 96-19, 57-59 (Higgins 57), 90-0 (90), 11-100 (100), 79-10 (53), 6-109 (108), 8-76, 127-1 (127), 0-86 (86), 76-1 (67), 0-80 (80), 82-34 (82)

Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-5 Zhou Yuelong (Chn)

121-0 (60, 57), 93-0 (54), 73-16, 136-0 (136), 0-76, 78-8 (78), 0-127 (81), 103-0 (103), 132-0 (132), 17-78 (60), 0-93 (93), 67-1 (67), 43-70, 72-24, 76-43 (68)

Liang Wenbo (Chn) 10-7 Stuart Carrington (Eng)

71-0 (70), 48-47, 16-57 (55), 7-82 (63), 26-124 (124), 0-101 (101), 20-107 (107), 63-25, 81-0 (79), 75-53, 79-0 (60), 57-68 (50), 71-37 (71), 5-65, 64-21, 74-24, 76-43 (68)