Ronnie O’Sullivan’s second round match in this year’s World Championship might not be a foregone conclusion – one of snooker’s leading pundits has claimed.
O’Sullivan, bidding to win a record equalling seventh World Championship title at the Crucible, comfortably eased to the last 16 stage with a 10-4 win against Mark Joyce on Saturday and ended the match with three consecutive century breaks.
But his next match against world number 16 Anthony McGill will present a very different challenge, according to snooker TV pundit Neal Foulds.
McGill, who dramatically lost out on a place in the World Championship final by just a single frame last year, also impressed in the first round beating Ricky Walden 10-5.
The Scot made two century breaks and five breaks of 50 or more in his opening victory.
Foulds believes McGill has the game to cause O’Sullivan one or two problems when the pair meet on Thursday and potentially cause an upset.
He said: “He’s (McGill) another one – like Barry Hawkins and Kyren Wilson – who has got this game that lasts a long time.
“He’s been in a World Championship semi-final and we know he very nearly made the world final last time.
“When (Mark) Selby won three World Championships out of four, the year he didn’t win McGill beat him over 25 frames.
“He’s a really tough player, he’s back to form now.
“Anyone who thinks that’s going to be a bye for O’Sullivan, it ain’t.”