Match Report

2024 World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan Punishes Jackson Page, Now Set to Face Ryan Day’s Demons

O'Sullivan dominates Page, setting up clash with Day; Day must overcome past scars to challenge O'Sullivan's supremacy.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-25

Naim Rosinski

3 minutes read

O'Sullivan Dominates Jackson Page

In a display of snooker mastery, Ronnie O'Sullivan launched his quest for an eighth world title in dazzling fashion, leaving 22-year-old Jackson Page's aspirations shattered. From the outset, O'Sullivan asserted his supremacy, storming to an imposing 8-1 lead in the first session. His remarkable performance included six breaks exceeding 50 points, highlighted by a breath-taking 122 century break.

The Rocket's momentum showed no signs of waning as he swiftly clinched the next two frames in the second session, captivating fans at the Crucible with his virtuoso display. With a resounding 10-1 triumph, O'Sullivan swiftly dispatched Page, sending him back to Wales in a whirlwind of disappointment.


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The Rocket on a Tour of Wales

Next up for O’Sullivan is another Welsh qualifier in Ryan Day who emerged victorious against Barry Hawkins in the first round of the 2024 World Snooker Championship Wednesday evening. 

Day showcased remarkable resilience, mounting a comeback from an 8-6 deficit to claim victory by winning the final four frames in succession. Hawkins' elimination marked the eighth instance of a top seed being knocked out in the competition's first round, a shared record with occurrences in 1980, 1992, and 2012.

Day Can’t Handle Anymore ‘Scars’

Reflecting on the impending clash, Day candidly revealed the lasting impact of previous encounters with O'Sullivan, describing them as leaving "scars" that have lingered throughout his career. 

Recalling their last meeting at the Crucible in 2006, Day acknowledged the profound influence it had on his journey, admitting to ongoing struggles in overcoming the formidable presence of the snooker legend, even after nearly two decades.

If Day is to replicate his previous successes at the Crucible and secure a spot in the competition's quarterfinals, he'll undoubtedly need to confront some lingering ghosts from his past encounters. Overcoming these inner obstacles will be crucial if he hopes to mount a serious challenge to dethrone the reigning world number one, O'Sullivan. 

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