World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan faces Jak Jones in the Last 32 of the International Championship in Tianjin on Tuesday.
O’Sullivan eased his way through his held over qualifying round match against Ken Doherty on Sunday, recovering from losing the first frame to reel off six in a row for a commanding victory.
He then hit back from 2-0 down to see off Mark Joyce 6-3 in the Last 64 with the aid of three clinical century breaks.
O’Sullivan’s tournament appearances have almost exclusively all come in China this season, with the exception of a Third Round exit at the English Open on home soil in Essex a month ago.
The Rocket retained the Shanghai Masters invitational title in September and was a quarter-finalist at the Wuhan Open, before withdrawing from the recent Northern Ireland Open.
The seven-time World Champion is making a fifth appearance in the International Championship – a first since 2017 – with a run to the Quarter-Finals in 2014 marking his best display to date.
O’Sullivan meets Jones for the first time in a decade, with their only previous meeting to date resulting in a 4-2 victory for the Englishman in a European Tour event in Belgium in 2013.
Jones’ best performance in a ranking event to date saw him reach the Semi-Finals of the 2022 Gibraltar Open, but his key breakthrough came at The Crucible earlier this year when he reached the Quarter-Finals on debut.
The Welshman overcame Aaron Hill in the qualifying round in Sheffield to progress to Tianjin – where he pulled off an impressive 6-4 win over World Championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui on Monday.
The 30-year-old is now aiming to secure a major upset and equal his run to the Third Round here during the most recent staging of this event in 2019.
The match encounter gets under way from 11.30am GMT and will be contested over the best of 11 frames, with two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill awaiting the winner in the Last 16.
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