Ronnie O’Sullivan resumes his quest for an eighth UK Championship title with a Quarter-Final clash against Zhou Yuelong in York on Friday.
The duo will collide in the UK Championship for the third time since 2018 as O’Sullivan looks to maintain his emphatic head-to-head record over the Chinese star.
O’Sullivan is the most decorated player in the history of the UK Championship, having claimed the first of his 39 career ranking titles at this event 30 years ago.
The Rocket eclipsed Steve Davis’ joint record of UK Championship titles when he triumphed at The Barbican in 2018 and is looking to add to that tally and secure a first ranking title since the 2022 World Championship.
The world number one is making only his second tournament appearance on UK soil this season, having withdrawn from a number of events including the Champion of Champions and Northern Ireland Open in order to prioritise his schedule in China.
O’Sullivan clinched a fifth Shanghai Masters title in September and was a semi-finalist in the recent International Championship in Tianjin.
He began his campaign in York with a 6-2 victory over Anthony McGill, reeling off six frames on the spin from 2-0 down to surge through, before again recovering from two down to edge out Robert Milkins in a last-frame decider.
The 47-year-old, who has been in the headlines following the recent release of his fly on the wall documentary, now faces Zhou for the third time at this venue.
Incredibly, their last two UK Championship meetings have resulted in 6-0 whitewashes for O’Sullivan – who has also won their other two meetings and has claimed 20 of the 22 frames contested between the pair in total.
Zhou is appearing in his second UK Championship Quarter-Final, having made the semis behind closed doors in Milton Keynes in 2020.
The 25-year-old, three times a ranking event finalist, defeated Hammad Miah and Ian Burns in the qualifying stages to reach the main event – where he has seen off former UK and World Champions Neil Robertson and John Higgins.
The Chinese ace has made high breaks of 134 and 136 so far this week and will be determined to end his miserable record against The Rocket.
The match gets under way from 1pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 11 frames, with either Iran’s Hossein Vafaei or International Championship winner Zhang Anda awaiting the winner in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.
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