Sports activities Journalist
Ding Junhui made his second 147 on the Masters to turn into the primary participant to make a number of most breaks in snooker’s greatest invitational occasion; Ding went on to lose to Ronnie O’Sullivan within the first spherical of the occasion at Alexandra Palace on Monday afternoon
Final Up to date: 08/01/24 3:40pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Ding Junhui 6-3 in a memorable first-round match on the Masters after the Chinese language participant made a history-making 147.
Ding grew to become the primary snooker participant to make two 147s on the Masters after he delivered a most break within the seventh body of the best-of-11 encounter.
The 36-year-old made his first 147 on the Masters in 2007 and solely two different gamers have made one on the greatest triplw crown occasion of the season – Canada’s Kirk Stevens in 1984 and Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in 2007.
O’Sullivan raced right into a 4-0 lead after Ding missed probabilities to win the opening three frames. The fourth of these frames noticed O’Sullivan make the 1,231st century of his 32-year profession after Ding missed a purple to the underside proper pocket.
It appeared like O’Sullivan was going to go 5-0 up however he missed a comparatively straightforward body ball and Ding capitalised with a 56 clearance. Momentum was now on Ding’s facet and a 92 break was adopted by the sensible 147 as he trailed 4-3.
Nonetheless, the utmost appeared to work in opposition to Ding as O’Sullivan dug in and gained the subsequent two frames to recover from the road, with each gamers receiving a standing ovation from the Alexandra Palace crowd on the finish of the match.