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O'Sullivan defeats legend Davis

Venue: The Newport Centre Date 16-22 February
Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button and BBC website; reports on BBC website

Ronnie O'Sullivan (file picture)
O'Sullivan did not need to be at his best to reach the last 16 in Newport

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the last 16 at the Welsh Open beating six-time world champion Steve Davis 5-2.

Trailing 2-0, Davis compiled a fine 132 to get off the mark but after levelling at 2-2 he saw the world champion hit back with three frames in a row.

Earlier on Wednesday the chances of a home winner disappeared as the final two Welshmen lost in the first round.

World number five John Higgins eased past Dominic Dale 5-2, before Ding Junhui disposed of Matthew Stevens 5-3.

O'Sullivan will face Marco Fu in the last 16 after the Hong Kong player beat Ireland's Fergal O'Brien 5-4 and defending champion Mark Selby cruised through beating Dave Gilbert 5-1.

With O'Sullivan and Davis sharing an edgy opening four frames, breaks of 63 and 118 helped the number one claim the next two, before he secured victory in an error-strewn seventh with a closing 48.


"I was a bit rusty because I haven't played much since the Masters," O'Sullivan told "I can rely on my ability and some steady play to win a couple of matches.

"I've got to a level where my game is balanced and consistent enough to be able to challenge for tournaments and win a few.

"I'd be surprised if I won this one, but then I've won most of my tournaments without playing that well. This is a great event and the Welsh fans are great, but I really just want to win a couple of matches."

Fu compiled the best break of the tournament so far - a 142 - on his way to victory in a high-quality encounter with O'Brien.

Australian Neil Robertson saw off Scotland's Jamie Burnett 5-3, Mark King defeated Dave Harold 5-3 and Joe Swail brushed off Martin Gould 5-1.

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