World Championship Day 1 - Rocket Ronnie lands on victory
|O'Sullivan returns to snooker|
The scoreline of 10-4 stands as a confirmation of the fact that the Englishman still loves this crazy game of snooker. However, it's also fair to state that his opponent, the Scottish Campbell hasn't managed to put enough pressure on him.
Everything started with a great break of 82 points, to which Campbell responded with a 40 to draw level at one apiece. But that was about it, for the Rocket cruised almost undisturbed at 5-1, with runs of 56, 64, 25 and 85.
Still, the Scottish player managed to pull back a frame with breaks of 54 and 41, although the first session ended on 7-2 thanks to a 58 from O'Sullivan.
The evening came very quickly and so the match resumed with the Englishman needing just three more frames to get a place in the Last 16.
|Reigning champ in action|
15 minutes later O'Sullivan entered into the arena with a single thought on his mind: to finish this off as soon as possible. And he did, with just a break of 40 points for a 10-4 victory and a secured place in the 2nd round.
But even though the attraction of the day was the "return of the prodigal son", we still had quite a feast of snooker at the other tables.
|Holt is smiling, but today wasn't a good day for him|
With runs of 76, 55, 140 and 78 Ricky secured himself an easy starter for tomorrow's match when Holt will have to try his best to catch up with him.
Shaun Murphy got together with Martin Gould in a snooker encounter that ended on a 5-4 partial result.
Things started intense from the very first frame, when Gouldie hit a 72 to break the ice and won the next frame too, Murphy "magically" drawing level as soon as possible and hitting an 112 to take the lead at 3-2.
|A sort-of-rusty Welsh Potting Machine|
And on a note of "one takes the lead, the other one draws level" the lads ended up on 5-4, in favour of Murphy.
At the near table Crucible debutant Jack Lisowski was meeting Barry Hawkins in a match where experience said it all, the Hawk getting on a 6-3 partial result, even though Jack has important contributions of 82 and 100.
The last match of the day featured a rusty Mark Williams and an eager-to-win Michael White, match that saw its first session end on a 5-4 result.
White got on a terrific start, breaks of 87 and 53 putting him 2-0 up, before Williams could hit a 56 in order to win his first frame of the day.
|Crucible debutant M.White puts quite a pressure on MJW|
Runs of 34, 71 and 54 seemed to be enough for Mark to regain his confidence back, although his game was scrappy, slow and kind of rusty from time to time.
White closed with breaks of 45 and 38 for a 5-4 lead, lead that will give him a good start for when this match re-starts, tomorrow after-noon.