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O'Sullivan recovers to beat Liang

Royal London Watches Grand Prix
Venue: SECC, Glasgow Date: 11-19 October
Coverage: BBC Two, BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button

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O'Sullivan wins match with century

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan recovered from a shaky start to beat Liang Wenbo 5-2 in the first round of the Royal London Watches Grand Prix.

After losing the opening two frames O'Sullivan won the next five and finished in style with a century break.

But the 32-year-old was not happy with his display in Glasgow.

"At 1-0 and 2-0 everyone must be thinking I wanted to go home. It was embarrassing, my shots were amazingly off target," said the Englishman.

"It got a little bit better, I hate losing, I'm stubborn. It still bothers me when I play like that - the thing that keeps me going is that I can play well occasionally."

O'Sullivan was far from his best throughout the early exchanges and made a number of errors in a scrappy opening session.

Liang made the most of it as he raced into a 2-0 lead, but the world champion regained his composure and, after clawing one frame back, a 52 break in the fourth saw him draw level.

O'Sullivan 'embarrassed' despite win

From there O'Sullivan never looked back and after the interval he edged into the lead with the help of another half-century.

After winning the sixth to lead 4-2 O'Sullivan signed off in style with a 103 to set up a last-16 meeting with Marco Fu in a repeat of last year's final, which Fu won 9-6.

In the afternoon's other match Ali Carter saw off the challenge of Dave Harold to win a close encounter 5-4.

In the next round, Carter will play John Parrott, who beat Mark King 5-3 in the evening session, while former world champion Shaun Murphy was beaten by Adrian Gunnell by the same scoreline.

Gunnell will face another ex-world champion, the legendary Steve Davis, in round two on Wednesday.


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