Snooker News. Ronnie O'Sullivan is prepared to take the slow road into the record books as he prepares to kick off his bid for a sixth world snooker title at the Crucible on Sunday against the fastest current player in the game. O'Sullivan famously delivered a in five minutes and 20 seconds in his match against Mick Price in the Championships but says he has no intention of trying to keep pace with Thai qualifier Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who has been timed at less than 17 seconds per shot. The bottom line is about the wins at the end of the day. I had to change my game to be a more consistent player and sometimes you have to adopt a different approach. Will he do it at the ripe old age of 44? O'Sullivan is clearly content to be starting his quest against the Thai, who is making his third consecutive Crucible appearance having pushed eventual champion Judd Trump to a final frame decider in their first round match last year.
O'Sullivan was at his destructive best in Sunday's first session with two centuries and five further breaks of 60 or more to open an lead. And the Englishman took less than half an hour on Monday morning to win the two frames needed to end the match. O'Sullivan will face China's Ding Junhui in the second round. The victory, in which O'Sullivan averaged 14 seconds per shot, smashed the previous record for the quickest match by 41 minutes, set last year by Shaun Murphy in his whitewash of Luo Honghao. O'Sullivan spoke before the tournament about players being treated like "lab rats" with a limited number of spectators allowed into the Crucible Theatre on the opening day, but changes in government guidelines meant none were permitted to attend thereafter. I do not have to deal with the pressure and expectation of the crowd, getting in and out of the venue, and so much less is put on my shoulders. Previously it has been difficult for me to get any peace and quiet. Everybody is welcome to my world now, it suits my life. He opened with breaks of , 85, and 74 for a lead, knocking in further runs of 88, 76 and 65 for a seven-frame cushion overnight, adding 93 in the morning session.
Ronald J. Ortiz-Magro Jr. The show premiered on December 4, and ran for six seasons before ending in The first episode, which aired November 3 of that year, saw Ortiz and Eric Young get beaten down by Robbie E and Rob Terry , which built to a tag team match the following week, where Ronnie pinned Robbie for the win. In , Ortiz-Magro appeared in the second season of the E! Ronnie also participated in Celebrity Fear Factor in Ortiz-Magro was in an on-off relationship with his Jersey Shore costar Sammi Giancola from to On December 26, , he announced that he and his girlfriend, Jen Harley, were expecting a baby girl.
The contrasting contests have set-up the blockbuster tie in the second round between the greatest players England and China have ever produced. There is great respect between the two players, with Ding seeing Ronnie as his snooker idol and the Rocket almost taking the Chinese under his wing at times. With Ding going on to win the UK Championship after those comments, he proved Ronnie wrong to an extent, but he has not pulled up any trees since that December triumph, failing to reach a single quarter-final since. Speaking on Instagram during lockdown, Ronnie questioned him again, suggesting financial success could have harmed his motivation. I think he might have too much money. Instead, he went through the quarantine period, and while his preparation might be below-par, his desire to play cannot be questioned. The time ranking event winner is also not resting on any laurels available to him, as he has begun working with renowned snooker coach Chris Henry in a bid to boost the mental side of the game he has come under criticism for. Ding is focused and ready to take on the Rocket, looking to repeat the win in North Yorkshire in December and in South Yorkshire three years ago. He will go in as the significant underdog against the five-time world champion, but he will look to prove the Rocket wrong about his fragility.