Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals he was ‘on cellphone to Samaritans’ at snooker world championships
The incomparable Ronnie O’Sullivan returns to the snooker baize this afternoon as he will get his Masters marketing campaign up and working at Alexandra Palace with a first-round conflict towards outdated foe Ding Junhui.
O’Sullivan is gunning for a record-extending eighth Masters title this week and will likely be roared on by a raucous and partisan sell-out London crowd that all the time vociferously will get behind ‘The Rocket’.
The 48-year-old reveals no signal of slowing down and remains to be the game’s most electrifying presence, whereas the match-up towards Ding particularly is an enchanting one, given the historical past between the pair. They have squared off virtually 30 instances over the previous 20 years, with O’Sullivan main the head-to-head 20-6 and beating the Chinese celebrity 10-7 within the UK Championship last simply earlier than Christmas, as he lifted that trophy for the eighth time.
O’Sullivan additionally has Ding’s quantity on the Masters, having gained all 5 conferences between them on the match. That features a memorable 10-3 victory within the 2007 last when a then-19-year-old Ding was left in tears by the gang’s loud help of the Englishman.
Follow stay protection of the mouth-watering first-round conflict beneath:
Masters snooker schedule
First spherical (better of 11 frames)
- 1pm: Luca Brecel 2-6 Jack Lisowski – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: Shaun Murphy 6-2 Zhang Anda – BBC Red Button, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 1pm: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ding Junhui – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: Mark Williams v Ali Carter – BBC Red Button, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 1pm: Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins – BBC Red Button, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 1pm: Mark Allen v John Higgins – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: Mark Selby v Robert Milkins – BBC Red Button, Eurosport and Discovery+
Quarter-finals (better of 11 frames)
- 1pm: QF3 – O’Sullivan or Ding v Robertson or Hawkins – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: QF4 – Jack Lisowski v Shaun Murphy – BBC Four, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 1pm: QF1 – Trump or Wilson v Williams or Carter – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: QF2 – Allen or Higgins v Selby or Milkins – BBC Four, Eurosport and Discovery+
Semi-finals (better of 11 frames)
- 1pm: Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 – BBC One, Eurosport and Discovery+
- 7pm: Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 – BBC Two, Eurosport and Discovery+
Final (better of 19 frames)
- 1pm and 7pm – BBC Two. Eurosport and Discovery+
Luke Baker8 January 2024 12:29
What is the Masters prize cash?
Here’s how a lot the gamers will earn at Ally Pally this week:
Highest break prize: £15,000
Total prize pot: £725,000
Luke Baker8 January 2024 12:22
When is the Masters and find out how to watch?
When is the match?
The Masters begins on Sunday 7 January at Alexandra Palace, and the ultimate will likely be performed on Sunday 14 January.
How to look at
The whole match will likely be broadcast on Eurosport and Discovery+, that are the rights holders in Ireland and the remainder of Europe. Some matches will even be proven on BBC TV channels.
Viewers can stream the motion on-line by way of the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer web sites and apps, in addition to the Eurosport and Discovery+ web site and apps.
Luke Baker8 January 2024 12:15
Masters snooker schedule and order of play
Snooker returns to our screens in 2024 with the Masters at Alexandra Palace, one the game’s jewels within the Triple Crown.
The Masters is all the time a particular occasion because the world’s finest 16 gamers go up towards each other in a straight knockout format.
Judd Trump is the reigning champion after beating Mark Williams in final yr’s last, whereas Ronnie O’Sullivan is aiming to win a record-extending eighth title.
There are a number of different previous winners on this yr’s match. Mark Selby has three Masters titles; John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams have all gained it twice; Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen and Trump all have one title every.
Here is every little thing you’ll want to know in regards to the 2024 Masters.
Luke Baker8 January 2024 12:13
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ding Junhui
Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s stay protection of the Masters snooker from Alexandra Palace. The dart boards have been packed away and the baize snooker desk erected at Ally Pally for the primary occasion of the yr.
And we’ve got a cracking first-round match-up this afternoon with the ever-popular Ronnie O’Sullivan dealing with outdated rival Ding Junhui.
Stick with us for full stay protection.
Luke Baker8 January 2024 12:08