O’Sullivan: “If you take a look at the more youthful players coming through, they are not that great actually. Most of them would do well as half-decent beginners, not even amateurs. They are so bad”
Last Updated: 11/08/2012: 11 pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan alleviated into the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Champion after beating Ding Junhui before releasing an astonishing attack on the ‘amateur’ requirement of the next generation of players.
Resuming at 8-8, O’Sullivan saw off his opponent 13-10 to establish a conference with Mark Williams in the next round but, not for the very first time, the genuine drama was to be found in his post-match remarks.
When asked if it was practical he and Williams would still be performing at the top over 20 years after coming into the sport, O’Sullivan informed the BBC: “Probably not if you asked me then however when you take a look at the standard of play, I would state yes.
” Individuals like me, John Higgins and Mark Williams, if you look at the younger players coming through, they are not that excellent truly. The majority of them would succeed as half-decent novices, not even amateurs. They are so bad.
” A great deal of them you see now, you look at them and believe, ‘I would have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50’. That is why we are still hovering around, due to the fact that of how bad it is down that end.”
When it comes to the match itself, the five-time world champ made the first error of the night versus Ding when he missed a simple black, however took a second opportunity to take the frame with a break of 87.
A short yellow from Ding allowed O’Sullivan to extend his cause 2 frames with a 73, before Denting pounced on another missed out on black by O’Sullivan to decrease the deficit with a break of 88.
If you take a look at the more youthful gamers coming through, they are not that great actually. Most of them would do well as half-decent amateurs, not even novices. They are so bad.
O’Sullivan nudged 11 -9 in front with a break of 60, and after Denting cleared to brown in the next with a break of 81, O’Sullivan struck an outstanding 117 to move within a frame of victory.
He directly missed out on back-to-back centuries however a run of 93 in the next sealed triumph and with it a last-eight clash with Williams.
Anthony McGill reserved his first look in the quarter-finals since 2015 after a dramatic 13-12 win over fellow qualifier Jamie Clarke.
The set, who were involved in a furious exchange on Saturday when McGill accused the Welshman of deliberately standing in his line of sight, had actually exchanged frames to reach 10-10
McGill then edged ahead for the first time in the match but Clarke transferred to the brink of triumph after winning the next 2 frames.
In the next frame Clarke missed a pink on a break of 55 which would have efficiently won him the match, allowing McGill to eliminate back and force a decider.
After both players missed out on good chances, McGill acquired the upper-hand via a tight snooker behind the brown and went on to seal a last 8 clash with another qualifier, Kurt Maflin
Neil Robertson also made it conveniently through to the next round as he dropped simply one frame of the afternoon session in his match with Barry Hawkins.
The 2010 Crucible champion and Hawkins also resumed at 8-8, with Robertson pouncing on some uncharacteristic errors from Hawkins to take the first three frames of the session.
Hawkins decreased the deficit with an excellent break of 104 but Robertson restored his lead with a 79 despite the black being out of service, then seized a 2nd chance in the next frame to finish a 13 -9 win.
Kyren Wilson held up against a fighting fightback from 11 -5 down by Martin Gould to come through 13 -9 and reach the last 8 for the fifth time in his career.
Gould worried Wilson by rattling the very first 3 frames of the morning and should have had a fourth, just for a disastrous error to leave the 28- year-old with a complimentary ball and the possibility to clear from 3 snookers down to move more detailed to triumph.
Gould decreased the deficit again with a break of 73 and was in initially in the next however provided Wilson a possibility which he exploited to finally book a clash against Judd Trump.
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