Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was in imperious type on the World Snooker Championship when he beat first spherical opponent Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand 10-1 in 108 minutes to set the record for the quickest match in Crucible historical past on Monday.
O’Sullivan, who led 8-1 on the shut of play on Sunday, stayed true to his nickname ‘The Rocket’ when he received the 2 frames wanted in lower than 30 minutes to change into the primary man to win a match in below two hours.
The record was beforehand held by England’s Shaun Murphy who blanked China’s Luo Honghao 10-Zero within the first-round final 12 months in 149 minutes however O’Sullivan smashed the record by 41 minutes, after which he brushed apart his achievement.
“I’m not really bothered by records, I stopped bothering about records when I reached them and they didn’t really give you that buzz for very long,” O’Sullivan, 44, stated after the match the place he had two century breaks.
“They’re nice when you’re chasing them but once you get them they’re overrated in many ways. So I think you just take each game as it comes and it’s just nice to be out there playing some snooker.”
The Englishman will play Ding Junhui of China within the second spherical. O’Sullivan courted controversy earlier than the event when he stated gamers have been being handled like “lab rats” on the World Championship as he questioned a choice to permit spectators into the Crucible Theatre amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, when coronavirus infections began to spike within the nation, the British authorities made a U-turn on its choice to permit followers to attend chosen trial occasions, designed to ‘stress test’ new tips on a return to common dwell sport.