Ronnie O’Sullivan plays with no shoes at The Crucible and leads the debutant Craig Steadman 7-2 after the first session of his opening World Championship match. Ding misses a 147 break chance but beats Mark Davis. Strong start for Mark Allen.
Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan attempted to score a 147 break in the first frame of the first round match, O’Sullivan potted 13 red balls together with 13 black balls but didn’t manage to play the positional shot on the next red, 104 century break in the first frame.
While was on his way to taking a 4-2 lead, The Rocket took off his shoes, playing in socks only. O’Sullivan complained that his shoes were hurting, due to a broken ankle he sustained while running in November.
Ronnie was forced into borrowing a pair of shoes from a member of the Crucible audience during the match, before eventually having to borrow tournament director Mike Ganley’s shoes.
Ronnie O’Sullivan – Played with no shoes at Crucible
Ding Junhui China’s favorite established a 10-7 victory over Mark Davis in the World Championship first round match, Ding’s start was poor losing each of the first four frames to trail Davis 4-0. With breaks of 66, 109 and 76 he was only one frame behind to finish the session 3-4.
Ding has started the second session the same way he has finished last night, breaks of 97, 59, 73 and 85 helped him to secure a 10-7 win and a place in the last 16 against four-time world champion, John Higgins.
Ali Carter completed a smooth win against The Scotsman Alan McManus after his last night’s 6-3 solid lead. Breaks of 52 and 53 in frame 10, 69 and 76 from The Captain to seal the match 10-5. Carter will meet 2010 world champion Neil Robertson, for the second round match.
Ding Junhui- Meets John Higgins next round
Mark Allen defeated Ryan Day in his World Snooker Championship first round match, Day’s opening wasn’t bad winning three out of the first four frame of the match, to lead 4-3 before the mid-session interval.
Allen’s response was immaculate. He won nine consecutive frames including several solid breaks (81, 101 and 92) and achieved one-sided 10-3 victory. The Pistol will meet Barry Hawkins for the second round match.
Matthew Stevens was in command against his compatriot former world champion Mark Williams in the all-Welsh first round battle. Stevens lead 7-2 after the first session.