Seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has clinched his first victory on his way to defending his title at the Snooker World Championships in Sheffield.
In his first round duel, “The Rocket”, as O’Sullivan is known, defeated the Chinese Pang Junxu 10:7. O’Sullivan had already led 6:3 after the first session in the morning.
O’Sullivan would overtake Stephen Hendry with an eighth billiards title. In the round of 16 he will face the winner of the match Ding Junhui (China) against Hossein Vafaei (Iran).
A decision in this duel, which begins on Sunday, will not be made until Monday.