Ronnie O'Sullivan sees off Jimmy White in World Open
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Ronnie O'Sullivan made Jimmy White pay for an error-strewn display to reach the last 16 of the World Open.
After a nervy start, O'Sullivan rallied to seal the opening frame and stormed through the second with a break of 79.
White took the next with a break of 88 but wasted a promising start in the fourth as O'Sullivan progressed 3-1 to set up a meeting with Stephen Hendry.
And, in the highest quality match so far in Glasgow, two-time world champion Mark Williams edged Barry Hawkins 3-2.
World number six O'Sullivan paid tribute to the 48-year-old White's panache but claimed it had, in some part, aided his victory.
"It's great to play against Jimmy because he's good to watch," O'Sullivan told BBC Sport. "But it's unfortunate for him that he's good to watch - it means you concentrate throughout rather than switching off.
"He started nervously but that's only to be expected when you haven't reached the latter stages of a tournament for a while. When I missed I got away with it.
I don't like seeing Jimmy lose even if it me that is beating him but you have to go out to try to win the match. You need to treat him like any opponent but he was always my role-model and I love him
"Then he got his rhythm and didn't look like he would miss. When he plays like that he's still a top eight player.
"It was nice to play in front of a packed audience but I lost my rhythm a bit and it was tough. At one stage I struggled to even pot a red and black.
"I don't like seeing Jimmy lose even if it is me that is beating him, but you have to go out to try to win the match. You need to treat Jimmy like any opponent but he was always my role model and I love him."
It was an encounter that brought together two snooker icons and both men entered the arena to a deafening ovation.
The pair may be separated by 60 places in the world rankings and more than 12 years in age, yet not everyone felt White would be blown away in this best-of-five shootout.
He earned another cheer from the crowd on sinking the first red of the match but followed it up with a missed pink to the middle pocket and, shortly after, inadvertently potted the cue ball.
O'Sullivan, who was also struggling for momentum, failed to take advantage of that opening and several others before settling down to see out the opener.
The second frame was more one-sided, and when the five-time world number one engineered a break of 88 he seemed on course for a whitewash.
White had other ideas and came from 17-0 down to breath new life into the meeting with a near-faultless third frame.
His recovery proved short-lived and, after both players committed fouls at the start of the fourth, O'Sullivan stepped up a level to extend his head-to-head advantage over White to 26-9.
World number eight Williams and Hawkins served up a treat, with both men potting fluently.
Williams took a 1-0 lead with a superb 112 break but the tenacious Hawkins levelled affairs thanks to a 66 in the second.
The 35-year-old Williams made it 2-1 with a break of 55, only for Hawkins, ranked 25th, to send the intriguing match-up to a decider with visits of 42 and 41.
A trademark long pot into the bottom right-hand pocket from baulk, however, set up Williams's match-clinching 51 break as the Welshman joined Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals.
"I wouldn't have won that match a couple of years ago," reflected Williams. "It's amazing what a bit of confidence can do. I'm playing well enough to win more titles."
Earlier, world number four Ding was in impressive form as he despatched Marcus Campbell, ranked 39th in the world, to become the first player through to the last eight.
Ronnie comes clean over 147 wind-up
The 23-year-old Ding got off to a flying start with a break of 110 to take the first frame, and a 54-point visit in the next was sufficient to make it 2-0.
There was a brief glimmer of hope for Scotland's Campbell when Ding missed a straightforward red as he smashed into the pack.
But, even with the reds positioned favourably, the 38-year-old from Dumbarton failed to take his chance as 2005 UK Championship winner Ding completed the whitewash with a 48 break.
Andrew Higginson, meanwhile, stuttered over the line in his fourth-round triumph over an out-of-sorts Marco Fu.
After feeding off the scraps of Fu's wayward potting to assume a 2-0 lead, 32-year-old Higginson looked to be cruising through when he again got among the balls in the third to rack up a break of 46.
Fu could not capitalise when Higginson missed a short red, but the Hong Kong cueman got another chance with Higginson just one ball away from victory.
On this occasion, a missed red to the right-middle pocket let Fu back in, and the world number 14 made a 60 clearance to win the frame by a point and get right back into it.
No player, however, has won a match at this tournament after conceding the first frame, and that trend continued as Higginson made a break of 51 before sealing his place in round five against world champion Neil Robertson, who beat him in the 2007 Welsh Open final.
In the final match of the day, 2002 Crucible winner and world number 17 Peter Ebdon survived a scare against Liu Song, a player ranked 71 places beneath him.
In a topsy-turvy and desperately scrappy encounter, Ebdon led 2-0 but Liu battled back to level proceedings.
However, in the nervy final frame, which lasted just over 50 minutes, a profligate Liu was made to pay when Ebdon sank a sensational yellow to scrape into the quarters.
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