Snooker: O'Sullivan plays down chances after Ebdon win
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Ronnie O'Sullivan said yesterday he did not care whether he wins this year's World Championship. The triple world champion could barely raise a smile despite beating Peter Ebdon 10-4.
"Whatever happens now is a bonus for me," said O'Sullivan. "If I win [my next match], then great, but if I don't it's not the be-all-and-end-all. I'll just enjoy this one. I'm pleased to be in the tournament, I've won a nice match, but I'm not getting carried away."
Having returned with a 7-2 lead, O'Sullivan made breaks of 80, 68 and 54 to set up a last-16 meeting with Mark Williams or the Chinese qualifier Liu Chuang.
Ebdon broke down in tears in his post-match press conference. "After my dad [Michael] passed away [last year] I didn't know that I would want to play again," said Ebdon. "I miss him so much."
Last year's beaten finalist, Judd Trump, overcame sickness to establish a 5-4 lead over Welshman Dominic Dale. Graeme Dott, the 2006 world champion, was 8-1 behind to Joe Perry and Ding Junhui, a former Masters and UK champion, trailed Ryan Day 5-4.
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