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Ronnie O’Sullivan – ‘I feel the game wants somebody’

Ronnie O’Sullivan emerged with a quarter-final place within the Shanghai Masters after profitable his first match on Tuesday.

The reigning champion overcame Ali Carter with a 6-3 scoreline to succeed in the final eight on the Shanghai Grand Stage.

O’Sullivan compiled breaks of 99 and 57 to steer 3-1 on the mid-session interval however was principally sat in his chair upon the resumption as Carter restored parity within the sport.

From 3-3 the Rocket shifted via the gears, nonetheless, and reeled off successive breaks of 101, 74, and 81 to securely advance within the prestigious invitational.

“Clearly, I’d like to win this event. It’s considered one of my favorite tournaments,” Ronnie O’Sullivan stated in his post-match press convention.

“Even when it was a rating occasion, it was a incredible venue. A incredible metropolis right here in Shanghai, I like to come back to this place.”

“I all the time need to do properly within the actually, actually, massive essential tournaments, and it is a very, essential event.

“The promoters of this event are top-of-the-line on the planet. They do the tennis, the System One, so they’re used to doing the massive sports activities.

“Once you work with promoters like that, you all the time have time. It’s a pleasure to have the ability to assist promote this event.

“It’s an essential event within the calendar for all of the snooker gamers, and Shanghai is among the main cities on the planet.

“You need to showcase the event in the absolute best manner, and it’s a pleasure to have the ability to assist.”

O’Sullivan, who has gained the final three editions of the Shanghai Masters, was additionally requested about his opinion on younger gamers in right this moment’s sport and who his all-time high 5 legends of the game are.

“I’d in all probability say Stephen Hendry primary, Steve Davis quantity two, Joe Davis quantity three, Ray Reardon quantity 4, and perhaps John Higgins as quantity 5.”

“There are some nice younger gamers (today). Everyone is about pretty much as good as one another, there’s no standout participant.

“When Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis have been round, they have been so a lot better than all people else, so it was simple to simply decide one.

“However now, you might have perhaps 5, ten, or 15 gamers who’re perhaps all pretty much as good as one another.

“I feel the game wants somebody. I feel the game is all the time extra thrilling if one participant can dominate, as a result of all people desires to see that participant lose.

“In the intervening time, there isn’t actually one participant dominating. There are a lot of, many good gamers, there’s a number of excellent younger gamers.

“(There are) some good gamers from Belgium – Ben Mertens is nice and clearly Luca profitable the World Championship. China has many, many good gamers.

“Si Jiahui performed fantastically within the World Championship – a terrific expertise, a terrific participant. It’d be good to see considered one of them actually dominate.

“Each sport wants one, like (Max) Verstappen. He’s profitable the whole lot, and other people simply need to see if he’s going to lose right this moment.

“Individuals need to watch the actually dominant gamers to see if any person can beat them, so snooker wants considered one of them.”

The world primary’s subsequent problem is an fascinating one as he prepares to face acquainted foe John Higgins on Thursday.

The Scot reached the quarter-finals courtesy of a assured 6-3 defeat of Kyren Wilson within the final 16.

Elsewhere within the high half of the draw, Judd Trump and Mark Selby arrange a conflict in opposition to each other because of respective 6-5 triumphs over Jack Lisowski and Hossein Vafaei.

On Wednesday, the spherical of 16 concludes with the remaining 4 video games.

World champion Luca Brecel faces Mark Williams and residential hero Ding Junhui is in motion in opposition to Neil Robertson within the decide of day three’s motion.

Shanghai Masters draw and schedule

Final 24 (bo11)

Ali Carter (11) 6-2 Dong Zihao
John Higgins (10) 6-0 Deng Haohui

Hossein Vafaei (16) 6-1 Gong Chenzhi
Jack Lisowski (13) 6-5 Zhou Yuelong

Gary Wilson (14) 2-6 Fan Zhengyi
Ding Junhui (15) 6-2 Si Jiahui

Robert Milkins (12) 6-1 Bai Yulu
Mark Williams (9) 6-1 Pang Junxu

Final 16 (bo11)
Instances in BST

Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) 6-3 Ali Carter (11)
Kyren Wilson (8) 3-6 John Higgins (10)

Mark Selby (5) 6-5 Hossein Vafaei (16)
Judd Trump (4) 6-5 Jack Lisowski (13)

Mark Allen (3) vs Fan Zhengyi
(Wed, 7am)
Neil Robertson (6) vs Ding Junhui (15)
(Wed, 12:30pm)

Shaun Murphy (7) vs Robert Milkins (12)
(Wed, 12:30pm)
Luca Brecel (2) vs Mark Williams (9)
(Wed, 7pm)

Quarter-Finals (bo11)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) vs John Higgins (10)
(Thurs, 7am)
Mark Selby (5) vs Judd Trump (4)
(Thurs, 7am)

Allen/Fan vs Robertson/Ding
(Thurs, 12:30pm)
Murphy/Milkins vs Brecel/Williams
(Thurs, 12:30pm)

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