Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocket Is Not over the Moon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocket Is Not over the Moon

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Ronnie O'Sullivan had 169,000 reasons to be cheerful in Sheffield last night but the `Rocket' was not exactly over the moon.

O'Sullivan compiled the sixth maximum break of his career against Hong Kong's Marco Fu in frame seven of the opening session to their first round clash.

Providing no player emulates his 147 clearance in the remaining 13 days of the tournament, the world number one is entitled to pounds 147,000 plus a pounds 22,000 high break prize.

What O'Sullivan really hopes is that his six minutes 30 seconds break does not come in a losing effort against the former Grand Prix finalist.

Despite becoming the first player to make two maximums in the final stages of the world championship, the 27-year-old from Chigwell resumed today trailing Fu 6-3.

It is a surprise scoreline given that O'Sullivan has been such a firm favourite to lift the trophy on May 5.

John Higgins, a 10-7 winner over British Open finalist Ian McCulloch, said: "I had no idea about Ronnie's break until he was on about 80. …

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