Ronnie O’Sullivan sets up Ding Junhui showdown after turbo display

Ronnie O’Sullivan set up a thrilling second round tie against one of his biggest rivals – Ding Junhui – after he eased to a record breaking victory in the opening round.

Five-times winner O’Sullivan proved too hot to handle for Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh – thrashing the world number 20 10-1.

Not only was it one of O’Sullivan’s biggest wins at the Crucible, he smashed the record for the fastest ever match at the famous venue.

His thumping win, which was recorded in just 108 minutes, means he will face Ding Junhui in the next round – the man who knocked him out of the UK Championship earlier this season.

O’Sullivan averaged just 14 seconds a shot as he swept to victory, compiling two centuries and six more breaks over 60 while Ding crawled over the line with a 10-9 win over Mark King.

Ronnie O’Sullivan. Picture by Monique Limbos

Meanwhile, Anthony McGill produced a sensational pot on the last blue in a final frame decider against Jack Lisowski.

Lisowski had forced a decider despite trailing 9-6 at one stage but Scotland’s McGill held his nerve when it mattered to reach the second round.

McGill, ranked 39 in the world, becomes the second qualifier to reach the Last 16 of this year’s World Championship after Kurt Maflin beat David Gilbert in a high quality encounter.

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