Seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan showcased his skills at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday as he beat Jack Lisowski 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters (O’Sullivan 4/1 to win The Masters – outright).
Lisowski failed to shine in London and handed O’Sullivan too many opportunities. Breaks of 86 and 63 gave him a 3-1 lead before he pushed on and sealed the match with another break of 125.
A passionate crowd roared on O’Sullivan at his home event, and his reward for winning is a quarter-final match against Australia’s Neil Robertson.
Speaking about his upcoming battle, O’Sullivan told BBC Two: “The way he hits the ball, Neil is a superb cueist. He is a phenomenal scorer. This is the Ashes; here we go. It is coming back to Britain.
“It is hard to carry 2,000 Londoners – when you are from here – supporting you. The pressure was on, and I felt I had to deliver; if I didn’t, I would have felt bad. The fans have supported me, and I have to give something back.”
On Tuesday, Mark Selby was also victorious, beating Scotland’s Stephen Maguire 6-3. Selby kept Maguire at bay throughout the contest, and he will now face Barry Hawkins in the last eight on Friday.
On Wednesday, there are two matches to look forward to, with Kyren Wilson facing Stuart Bingham in the opening round (Wilson 1/2, Bingham 8/5 – match odds).
Wilson reached the semi-finals of the Championship League Group 5 last week, while at the start of the month, Bingham got the better of him in the final of Group 4.
Bingham recently reached the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix, and he will fancy his chances of the upset.
Wednesday’s first match will see tournament favourite Judd Trump tackle Mark Allen (Trump 4/9, Allen 7/4).