12 Dec 2006 17:52:00
Below is the match schedule for the 2007 Welsh Open Championship at the Newport Centre.
Cross reference match numbers to those on the drawsheet (above) *denotes final session.
Monday February 12
1 – Nigel Bond x Liang Wenbo - 5-3
2 – Stuart Bingham x Joe Delaney - 5-0
7 – Alan McManus x Rod Lawler - 5-2
8 – Joe Swail x Adrian Gunnell - 5-1
4 – Marco Fu x Andrew Higginson - 2-5
10 – Michael Holt x Ricky Walden - 5-4
11 – Mark Selby x Ian Preece - 5-0
13 – Andy Hicks x Dave Harold - 4-5
9 – David Gray x Ben Woollaston - 3-5
14 – Joe Perry x John Parrott - 5-2
15 – James Wattana x David Gilbert - 1-5
16 – Mark King x Gerard Greene - 0-5
Tuesday February 13
6 – Robert Milkins x Jamie Burnett - 3-5
23 – Stephen Maguire x Alan McManus - 5-0
27 – Matthew Stevens x Mark Selby - 1-5
3 – Ryan Day x Michael Judge - 0-5
12 – Ian McCulloch x Mark Allen - 5-4
17 – Stephen Lee x Nigel Bond - 2-5
24 – Ken Doherty x Joe Swail - 5-3
5 – Ding Junhui x Jamie Cope - 1-5
18 – Allister Carter x Stuart Bingham - 5-3
20 – John Higgins x Andrew Higginson - 3-5
26 – Neil Robertson x Michael Holt - 5-2
Wednesday February 14
28 – Ronnie O’Sullivan x Ian McCulloch - 5-1 :-)))
29 – Peter Ebdon x Dave Harold - 4-5
30 – Anthony Hamilton x Joe Perry - 5-4
21 – Shaun Murphy x Jamie Cope - 5-0
25 – Stephen Hendry x Ben Woollaston - 5-2
32 – Graeme Dott x Gerard Greene - 5-3
19 – Barry Hawkins x Michael Judge - 2-5
22 – Mark Williams x Jamie Burnett - 4-5
31 – Steve Davis x David Gilbert - 5-0
Thursday February 15
38 – Mark Selby x Ronnie O’Sullivan - 1-5 :-)))
39 – Dave Harold x Anthony Hamilton - 3-5
35 – Shaun Murphy x Jamie Burnett 5-4
36 – Stephen Maguire x Ken Doherty - 5-3
40 – Steve Davis x Graeme Dott - 5-3
33 – Nigel Bond x Allister Carter - 4-5
34 – Michael Judge x Andrew Higginson - 1-5
37 – Stephen Hendry x Neil Robertson - 3-5
Friday February 16
QF1 – Allister Carter x Andrew Higginson - 1-5
QF3 – Neil Robertson x Ronnie O’Sullivan - 5-4 :-((
QF4 – Anthony Hamilton x Steve Davis - 4-5
QF2 – Shaun Murphy x Stephen Maguire - 3-5
Saturday February 17
SF2 – Neil Robertson x Steve Davis - 6-3
SF1 – Andrew Higginson x Stephen Maguire - 6-3
Sunday February 18
Final - Neil Robertson x Andrew Higginson - 9-8
15 Feb 2007 15:59:00
Ronnie O'Sullivan marched into the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open and declared himself "optimistic" about his techinical rebuild.
The Rocket eased to a 5-1 victory over Mark Selby, matching his scoreline against Ian McCulloch yesterday, and now faces Stephen Hendry or Neil Robertson in the last eight at the Newport Centre.
Leicester’s Selby had a golden chance to take an early advantage but missed the final green in the opening frame with the balls at his mercy.
O’Sullivan took it on the black and soon went 3-0 up with a top break of 70. Selby pulled one back but didn’t last long after the interval as world No 3 O’Sullivan rattled in 100 and 80 to win the last two frames in emphatic fashion.
The two-times World Champion from Chigwell revealed yesterday that he is working with coach Frank Adamson on rebuilding his technique, a process which he believes could take up to two years.
"Of course the results and money are important to me, but they are not the reason why I play snooker," said O’Sullivan in today’s post-match press conference.
"Most people would accept my strike rate, but I can’t accept the way I perform sometimes. I need to reach the heights otherwise there is no point in playing.
"The way I played (against Michal Holt) in Malta, against Graeme Dott in the semis at the Crucible last season and against Stephen Maguire in the semis at Wembley was pathetic. Even the thought that I am capable of playing like that makes me feel ill. The one against Maguire was embarrassing.
"I am not seeking perfection, but I want to be solid and consistent. Every time I get a chance I’m thinking about clearing the table. I know that might not be possible, sometimes it takes two or three visits, but I want to at least be making a break then playing good safety and not giving away frames.
"It’s horrible to play badly in the heat of the battle in important matches, it hurts. I want to perform and at least make my opponent work.
"I can’t go to Sheffield just hoping my game is there as I have in the past. So I decided to go back to basics and seek help. I am optimistic - it will take a couple of years but at the end there might be a big present."
14 Feb 2007 15:35:00
Perennial perfectionist Ronnie O'Sullivan announced his intention to dismantle his cue action and rebuild his game despite an easy win against Ian McCulloch today.
The Rocket’s 5-1 victory saw him through to the last 16 of the Welsh Open and a meeting with Mark Selby.
O’Sullivan often cites Tiger Woods as his sporting hero but it’s another golfer, Nick Faldo, whose example he plans to follow with a major change to his technique.
"I’ve been playing so badly," said the SAGA Insurance Masters champion. "I have the ability to play badly and win but I can’t accept that any more. I’m going to take my game apart and forget about results for 18 months or two years. I’ll reap the benefits whenever they come.
"I only play this game to reach the standards I know I’m capable of and I haven’t done that yet. Trophies and money mean nothing to me. I need to find some consistency, some form, and I’ll only do that by working on my technique and taking my game apart and learning more about the game."
Today’s match represented revenge for the 31-year-old from Chigwell as McCulloch beat him 5-1 at the same stage last year.
It never looked like a repeat was on the cards. O’Sullivan took the first with a run of 85, then McCulloch levelled in the next.
But the Preston potter rued a couple of kicks at vital moments and had to sit back as O’Sullivan reeled off the next four fames with top breaks of 109 and 64.
12 Dec 2006 17:20:00
Below is the match schedule for the Welsh Open qualifiers at Prestatyn from January 6 to 8 2007.
Cross reference match numbers to those on the drawsheet (above)
Saturday January 6
Sunday January 7
Monday 8 January
All matches will be best of 9 frames