Ronnie O’Sullivan makes strong start to the Northern Ireland Open against Lukas Kleckers
Seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the second round of the Northern Ireland Open with a 4-0 victory over Germany’s Lukas Kleckers.
O'Sullivan, who won the Hong Kong Masters seven days ago, put together breaks of 66, 71 and 52 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall to book a showdown with fellow Englishman David Grace.
Defending champion and home favourite Mark Allen also made it safely through, the Northern Irishman beating Chang Bingyu 4-1.
Allen lost a scrappy opening frame but then made breaks of 123, 56, 70 and 108 as he restricted Chang to just one point in the last four frames.
Three-time winner Judd Trump also eased his way into the second round courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Rod Lawler, while Kyren Wilson beat Ken Doherty 4-0 and former world champion Mark Williams made a break of 128 as he recovered from 2-1 down to beat Peter Lines 4-2.
Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy enjoyed 4-0 wins over Fraser Patrick and Xu Si respectively, while Mark Selby was made to work far harder before overcoming Reanne Evans 4-2.
Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Lukas Kleckers 4-0 to reach the last 64 in Belfast!— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) October 16, 2022
Breaks of 66 & 71 for the Rocket.
Mark Williams is 3-2 up against Peter Lines, Allan Taylor leads Stuart Bingham 1-0. #HomeNations