Match Report

2024 World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan Secures His Record 22nd Career Crucible Quarterfinal

Ronnie O'Sullivan dominates Ryan Day 13-7, secures quarterfinal spot at 2024 World Snooker Championship with flair and finesse.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-29

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

Dominant Display

In a thrilling encounter at the 2024 World Snooker Championship, Ronnie O'Sullivan showcased his enduring class and prowess on the green baize, securing a commanding 13-7 victory over Ryan Day in the last-16 tie. 

The match unfolded in three gripping sessions, each punctuated with moments of brilliance from both players, but ultimately, it was the legendary O'Sullivan who prevailed with his trademark flair and precision.

Second Session Surge

After a closely contested first session that saw O'Sullivan hold a narrow 5-3 lead, the Rocket exploded into action in the second session, delivering a masterclass in break-building. With impressive runs of 96, 89, 82, 65, and 56, he surged ahead to establish a formidable 10-4 lead, leaving Day with a mountain to climb.

Despite facing an uphill battle, Day exhibited resilience and skill, mounting a spirited comeback in the closing frames of the second session. With composed breaks of 72 and 75, the Welsh qualifier narrowed the deficit to 10-6, injecting drama and tension into the contest as the players headed into the decisive third session.

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Closing in on Victory

The opening frame of the third session witnessed a tense tactical battle, with Day initially appearing poised to add to his tally. However, O'Sullivan's strategic acumen and composure under pressure proved decisive as he outmanoeuvred his opponent in a brief safety exchange, clinching the frame by a slender margin on the black.

Maintaining his momentum, O'Sullivan demonstrated his class once again in the 18th frame, crafting an elegant break of 85 to move within striking distance of the quarterfinals. Although Day showed glimpses of his skill, claiming a frame with a commanding 91-point lead in the 19th frame.

Sealing the Deal

In characteristic fashion, O'Sullivan sealed the deal with flair and finesse, compiling a composed break of 67 in the concluding frame to clinch a resounding 13-7 victory. 

With this impressive performance, the snooker maestro secured his place in the tournament's quarterfinals, marking his 22nd appearance in this stage of the World Snooker Championship, an extraordinary testament to his enduring legacy and remarkable longevity in the sport.

Looking Ahead

Having overcome the challenge posed by Day, O'Sullivan now sets his sights on the next hurdle in his quest for glory at the 2024 World Snooker Championship. With anticipation building, the snooker world awaits to see who will emerge victorious in the last-16 clash between Jack Lisowski and Stuart Bingham, as O'Sullivan continues his pursuit of yet another illustrious title on the grandest stage of them all.

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