Ronnie O’Sullivan takes 10-7 lead over Kyren Wilson before final day of World Snooker Championship | Snooker News


Ronnie O’Sullivan to take three-frame advantage over Kyren Wilson before final day

Ronnie O’Sullivan took a three-frame advantage after a first day of testing the World Championship final against Kyren Wilson at the Crucible.

Both players looked exhausted after their epic semi-final victories over Mark Selby and Anthony McGill respectively and after leading 8-2 at one point, the five-time champion was fortunate enough to come out of the session with a 10- lead. 7 overnight.

In front of the fans who were allowed to return to the Crucible for the first time since the opening day of the tournament, O’Sullivan appeared to be struggling with the conditions and making an increasingly frustrated figure throughout the contest.

Both elements of the favorite’s play were evident in the opening half-session, in which, despite numerous errors, he relied on consecutive breaks of 80 and 75 to shape a 3-1 lead.

But there was never a feeling that O’Sullivan was in good shape to exploit his opponent’s obvious inability to adjust, with a cowardly 44-year-old response allowing Wilson to clear the backlog.

O’Sullivan then unfolded the next five frames in succession without looking quite at ease, as the pair traded mistakes and made the drama of their respective Friday semi-finals a distant memory.

O’Sullivan’s first century, a 106 in the seventh frame, was his most notable visit, but it was mostly about sweeping the frames after Wilson didn’t seize the opportunity.

Wilson’s form seemed to have abandoned him completely when he missed a black from his place in 10th frame, as O’Sullivan made it 8-2 despite looking unhappy with some aspects of his game.

Wilson stopped the rot with a nice break of 93 to take it to 8-3, and with O’Sullivan’s body language exuding resignation, he took advantage of his opponent’s shoddy play to come back to 8-6.

An unfortunate in-off in the next frame, when Wilson potted a brave blue to see a red squeeze into the upper left pocket, gave O’Sullivan the opportunity to restore his three-frame advantage.

Increasingly at his task, Wilson recorded his first century break from the match, a clinically taken break of exactly 100 that went 9-7 and left O’Sullivan swinging his tail in his chair before the last frame of the day. .

It was an image that summed up a frustrating day as Wilson failed on the 29th, O’Sullivan was denied an image-winning break by a terrible kick, before Wilson missed a potentially winning red on the top pad , and O’Sullivan
stepped in to clear a barely deserved 10-7 lead overnight.

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) defeated Kyren Wilson (Eng) 10-7

Frame scores (Wilson first): 0-81 (56), 62-55, 0-80 (80), 23-75 (75), 67-13 (67), 9-69, 17-106 ( 106), 49-60, 53-61 (53 Wilson), 19-77 (51), 92-0 (92), 79-53 (50 Wilson), 82-25, 86-0 (58), 17- 82, 101-10 (100), 60-68.

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