World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan got here from 2-Zero all the way down to beat world quantity 127 Brian Ochoiski of France 4-2 within the opening spherical of the English Open.
O’Sullivan misplaced to Irish teenager Aaron Hill on the European Masters after which withdrew from the Championship League due to its Covid-19 guidelines.
He fell two behind in Milton Keynes when Ochoiski rolled in a 105.
But O’Sullivan – sporting pink nail varnish to lift consciousness of breast most cancers – made a 113 and three fifties.
“It was a tough match,” O’Sullivan mentioned, having made his 1,063rd profession century.
“Every time I played a certain shot I expected him to play a certain shot but he didn’t, so I thought I might as well just go for everything, push the boat out and play as carefree as he was. It worked out all right.”
O’Sullivan mentioned he was happier to compete this week as extra time between matches allowed him to depart the coronavirus bubble setting.
“You can come for your test and go,” mentioned the 44-year-old. “I have bad stomach problems so I have to be careful what I eat. I couldn’t get my own food [at the Championship League] – this is a lot easier.
“I’m going to get the prepare, spend a day at residence and are available again.”
World number 48 Stuart Carrington and referee Andrew Barklam were forced to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for coronavirus. Sam Craigie, who came into contact with Carrington on Sunday, also pulled out.
O’Sullivan said he could miss the Masters again this season after withdrawing from January’s event at Alexandra Palace.
“I did not miss taking part in within the Masters final yr,” he said. “To be be trustworthy I do not actually take pleasure in that match a lot.”
Defending champion Mark Selby continued his recent resurgence by brushing aside Fan Zhengyi 4-0. Neil Robertson saw off Lyu Haotian by the same score but Stephen Maguire misplaced 4-1 to Sunny Akani.
Ding Junhui edged out Si Jiahui 4-Three whereas Mark Allen claimed a hard-fought 4-2 win over Mark King.
Veteran Jimmy White was beaten 4-1 by Michael Holt and let his frustration show at one point by throwing the cue rest on the floor after missing a pot.
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