Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan through to the second round


Ronnie O’Sullivan won his first ranking event at the age of 17

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan booked his place in the second round of the Welsh Open with victory over fellow Englishman Sanderson Lam.

After going 2-1 down, breaks of 95 and 116 helped O’Sullivan to a 4-2 win to set up a tie with China’s Yuan Sijun.

O’Sullivan is going for a fifth Welsh Open title, having won it in 2004, 2005, 2014 and 2016.

The 2018 champion John Higgins holds the record with five titles.

There were also first-round wins for Barry Hawkins, who beat Sunny Akani 4-0, Stuart Bingham was a 4-0 winner over Ali Carter, while Nigel Bond won a deciding frame to beat Alan McManus 4-3.

Duane Jones gave the home crowd something to cheer for when he produced an upset to beat Xiao Guodong 4-3.

Jones’ compatriot Jackson Page is out, having lost 4-1 to Zhao Xintong.

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