Welsh Open: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats James Cahill as he plays ‘for a bit of fun’

    Ronnie O'Sullivan lifting the world championship trophy
    Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson 18-8 in 2020 to lift the World Championship trophy for the sixth time.
    Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Dates: February 28 – March 6
    Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two Wales, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app. Highlights on BBC Two Wales, online and the BBC Red Button.

    Ronnie O’Sullivan says he would miss the World Snooker Championship if he gets a “better offer”.

    The six-time world champion beat James Cahill to make the Welsh Open second round in Newport while home favorite Mark Williams was knocked out by Norway’s Kurt Maflin.

    O’Sullivan described playing in major tournaments as “more of a hobby”.

    “For me there’s no emotion involved in playing anymore,” the four-time Welsh Open winner told BBC Wales.

    “It’s just a bit of fun and it’s just the way I want it. I wouldn’t be able to do it any other way.

    “I’m just enjoying my life and enjoying what I do.

    “At some point you just have to cut it off [the emotion].

    “No matter what you do it’s just a business and I just look at what’s best for me.

    “If someone rank me up next week and said we’ve got a great job for you but it clashes with the World Championship and it was a better offer, I’d go.

    “At the moment I just play when I want, don’t play if I don’t want to play and it’s great.”

    O’Sullivan, 46, whitewashed Cahill 4-0 in only forty-three minutes making breaks of 53, 83 and 90.

    “It’s more of a hobby, a serious hobby,” O’Sullivan added.

    “If I’d got beat 4-0 today I wouldn’t have been too disappointed.

    “I just make a decision on each tournament and each proposal.

    “My time is very, very valuable and I want to feel valued for my time, so as long as I’m feeling valued in what I’m doing and I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time then I’d be anywhere, I don’t really care.”

    Home favorite Williams knocked out

    Two-time Welsh Open winner Williams came back from 3-1 down to draw level at 3-3, but was beaten a final frame decider by Norway’s Kurt Maflin at Celtic Manor Resort.

    “I couldn’t have done much more in the last frame to be honest,” said Williams.

    “You can’t get disappointed losing a snooker match with what’s going on, you’ve got to take it for what it is, it’s a snooker match I lost, so what?”

    Earlier on in the morning session, Ng On Yee made history becoming the first female player to compete in the Welsh Open.

    Despite winning the first frame Ng’s opponent, the 2009 Welsh Open champion Ali Carter won four successive legs to win 4-1 and reach the third round.

    Day two second round results:

    Mitchell Mann 4-1 Ben Hancorn

    Rory McLeod 3-4 Yuan SiJun

    Robbie Williams 3-4 Hossein Vafaei

    Ali Carter 4-1 Ng On Yee

    Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-0 James Cahill (R1)

    Ben Woollaston 4-3 Liang Wenbo

    Jimmy Robertson 4-3 Jamie Jones

    Ding Junhui 4-1 Michael Holt

    Neil Robertson 4-1 Hammad Miah

    Mark Williams 3-4 Kurt Maflin

    Day two second round fixtures (all times GMT):

    4:30 p.m.: Cao Yupeng v Joe Perry

    4:30 p.m.: Scott Donaldson v Andrew Pagett

    19:00: Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Fergal O’Brien

    7:00 p.m.: Craig Steadman v Judd Trump

    19:00: Iulian Boiko v Mark Allen

    19:00: Mark Davis v Matthew Selt

    20:00: Zhang Anda v Mark Joyce

    20:00: John Higgins v Soheil Vahedi

    20:00: Chris Wakelin v Jack Lisowski

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