Ronnie O’Sullivan resumes his quest for a first ranking title of the season with a clash against Jamie Jones in the Last 16 of the Scottish Open on Thursday.
O’Sullivan last tasted success in a ranking tournament at the 2020 World Championship and has subsequently lost in five finals.
The world number three is aiming to go one better than last year when he was thrashed by rival Mark Selby in the final of the Scottish Open.
Having reached the Semi-Finals of the English Open, O’Sullivan followed that up with a run to the Quarter-Finals of the UK Championship, losing out to Kyren Wilson in a last-frame decider.
The Rocket has once again made headlines off the table this week following his comments regarding the lack of prize money for First Round losers in events with a 128-player field, as well as discouraging children to take up snooker.
On the table, O’Sullivan has dispatched Dominic Dale, Michael Georgiou and Liang Wenbo with top breaks of 131 and 132 along the way and is now eyeing a place in a fourth consecutive Quarter-Final.
He takes on Jones for the first time in professional competition, with the Welshman already enjoying his best run of the season to date.
Jones equalled his best-ever performance in a ranking event at least year’s Scottish Open when he made the Semi-Finals before being thrashed 6-1 by eventual champion Selby.
The 33-year-old came through Qualifying School in 2020 to regain a Tour Card, having dropped off the circuit after missing most of the 2018/19 season when serving a ban.
A former World and UK Championship quarter-finalist, Jones began by defeating Joe O’Connor 4-2 in the qualifying round, before whitewashing Stuart Carrington and edging out Sam Craigie in a decider.
The match gets under way from 7pm GMT at Venue Cymru in Llandudno and will be contested over the best of seven frames.
Either Xu Si, Martin O’Donnell, Hossein Vafaei or Li Hang will await the winner in Friday’s Quarter-Finals.
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