Match Report

2024 World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan Takes Early Lead Against Ryan Day

Ronnie O'Sullivan leads 5-3 after a high-scoring first session against Ryan Day in last-16 clash.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-28

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

Echoes of the Past: Rematch of 2006

In a highly anticipated clash at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan faced off against Ryan Day in the second round of the 2024 World Snooker Championship. The encounter marked their first meeting at the Crucible since their last-16 showdown nearly two decades ago.

Recalling their previous encounter in 2006, where O'Sullivan narrowly edged out Day with a 13-10 victory, there was a sense of unfinished business between the two players. Despite Day's impressive form following his first-round win against Barry Hawkins, memories of that defeat lingered, with Day acknowledging O'Sullivan's unique ability to unsettle even the strongest of opponents.

O'Sullivan's Early Dominance

From the outset, it was clear that O'Sullivan meant business. Displaying his trademark flair and precision, he stormed into an early lead, notching up a remarkable 123 century break in the opening frame. A solid 84 break in the following frame further cemented his advantage, leaving Day trailing 2-0 in less than half an hour of play.

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Day's Fightback

Refusing to succumb to the overwhelming pressure, Day showcased his resilience by mounting a spirited comeback. With some impressive play of his own, including a break of 70, he managed to level the score at 2-2 as the players headed into the mid-session interval.

O'Sullivan Regains Control

Following the break, O'Sullivan resumed his dominance on the table. A third 50+ break of the game, this time an 83, allowed him to regain the lead. Despite Day's best efforts, O'Sullivan continued to assert his authority, extending his lead to 4-2 with a well-crafted 51-break.

Undeterred by O'Sullivan's onslaught, Day showcased his own flair with a magnificent century break of 115, signalling his intent to keep the contest alive. However, O'Sullivan remained unfazed, sealing the first session with a superb break of 92, taking a 5-3 lead into the evening's second session.

A High-Scoring Affair

The match thus far has lived up to expectations, with both players exhibiting high-scoring, free-flowing attacking play. As anticipation builds for the continuation of this thrilling encounter, fans eagerly await what promises to be a captivating second session at the Crucible.

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