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Dominic Dale dumps Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the World Open

Welsh ace Dale in action (credit: Imaginechina/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Dominic Dale recorded a shock first career victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the qualifying round of the 2019 World Open in Yushan on Monday.

Dale, 47, had failed to defeat 'The Rocket' in any of their nine previous meetings dating back to 1993, but finally ended the wait by pulling off a major upset on the opening day of the major ranking tournament.

O'Sullivan, featuring in the World Open for the first time since 2010, was one of eight players to have their qualifying round match held over to the venue, but endured a day to forget in his third tournament outing of the season.

Dale established a 2-0 led before O'Sullivan responded with breaks of 50 and 91 to level the match at the mid-session interval.

Dale then regained the upper-hand thanks to a break of 76, and though the Shanghai Masters champion levelled once more, it was the veteran Welshman sealed a famous win with back-to-back breaks of 51 and 72.

"It's taken 27 years to beat Ronnie, that might be the beginning of my career now!" Dale told World Snooker. "It's always an honour to play the greatest player in the game. 

"In some respects when you play Ronnie, focus and application is guaranteed. If it isn't then something is wrong. I didn't expect to beat him but I have a lot of experience and I was just there to perform.

"Ronnie looked like he was taking the match very seriously. There have been times in his career we know that hasn't been the case, but it was today."

Elsewhere, reigning World Champion Judd Trump stormed into the main draw by whitewashing Zhang Jiankang 5-0 with consecutive breaks of 80, 104, 63, 70 and 69 with an average shot time of just 14.8 seconds.

Ding Junhui, the 2017 champion, safely saw off Billy-Joe Castle 5-2 with a top break of 78 and now moves through to Round Two following the withdrawal of Liam Highfield.

English Open champion Mark Selby kick-started his campaign with a 5-3 win over former German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton with a high break of 111 in the opening frame.

David Gilbert, last year's beaten finalist, recovered from 4-1 down to edge out Zhao Xintong in a deciding frame with a brace of centuries and a decisive 61 along the way.

Barry Hawkins reeled off the final three frames without reply to overcome Marco Fu 5-3, while in-form Shaun Murphy saw off Alan McManus 5-2 with breaks of 55, 68, 55, 59, and 57.

Yushan World Open 2019 Results


Monday October 28

Held over matches
Judd Trump 5-0 Zhang Jiankang
Yan Bingtao 5-4 Bai Langning
Luca Brecel 5-2 Wu Yize
Ding Junhui 5-2 Billy-Joe Castle
Lu Ning 5-1 Gao Yang
Scott Donaldson 4-5 Zhang Yang
Ken Doherty 5-3 Li Yingdong
Ronnie O'Sullivan 3-5 Dominic Dale

First Round
Anthony McGill 5-2 Matthew Stevens
Liang Wenbo 5-0 Barry Pinches
Jimmy Robertson 5-0 Jackson Page
Mark Davis 5-0 Matthew Selt
Mark Selby 5-3 Anthony Hamilton
Martin O'Donnell 5-3 Chang Bingyu
Joe Perry 5-2 Michael Georgiou
Shaun Murphy 5-2 Alan McManus
Noppon Saengkham 5-3 Ricky Walden
Stuart Bingham 5-3 Nigel Bond
Barry Hawkins 5-3 Marco Fu
Graeme Dott 5-2 Jordan Brown
Craig Steadman 5-1 Ian Burns
Elliot Slessor 5-3 Xu Si
David B Gilbert 5-4 Zhao Xintong


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