Ronnie O’Sullivan showed how uncomfortable he was in the semi-final of the China International Championship as he continued to pot balls despite already losing the frame.
The snooker star took on China’s Zhang Anda on Saturday morning UK Time. But the Rocket was unable to get into his groove early on in the match as he found himself unable to pull away with the scores deadlocked through the early proceedings.
With the scores tied at two frames each in the best of 17 contest, O’Sullivan continued potting balls when he had lost the frame, seemingly in an attempt to get his eye in and kick himself into some form.
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However, the Essex potter's ploy didn’t pay immediate dividends as he went on to lose the following frames as well, finding himself 4-2 down. But the Rocket was able to drag himself back into the game and level again before the break.
O’Sullivan won the next frame before taking the final frame of the session with a break of 99 to get himself out of jail and tie the score at four frames apiece.
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The Rocket has beaten Mark Joyce, Jak Jones, Anthony McGill and Ali Carter on his route to the semi-final, with the winner to play Tom Ford in the final after he secured a 9-6 victory over Jordan Brown.
O’Sullivan is vying for his first triumph in the China Championship as the snooker tournament arrives back in Guangzhou for the first time since 2019 – with Shaun Murphy the last player to lift the trophy after beating Mark Williams 10-9 in the final.
The seven-time world champion is set to see his feature-length film ‘The Edge of Everything’ drop later this month on Amazon Prime, with the show covering the highs and lows of the Rocket’s career.
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