• Welsh Open

O'Sullivan and Robertson cruise in Newport

ESPN staff
February 25, 2014
Ronnie O'Sullivan made light work of Barry Pinches © Getty Images

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the third round of the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win over Barry Pinches, but the reigning world champion fell just short of a record-breaking maximum break.

O'Sullivan made 104 in five minutes during the opening frame but missed the 14th red, which rattled around the jaws, and the chance of a 147 was gone.

The Englishman will now face China's Xiao Guodong.

World No.1 Neil Robertson thrashed Rory McLeod 4-0 to reach the last 32.

Australian Robertson finished in style with a break of 104, his 87th century of the season, and will face Mark Williams in the third round.

Williams, a two-time winner of the Welsh Open, was also a 4-0 winner, beating Tian Pengfei.

Shaun Murphy also progressed with a 4-2 win over Craig Steadman, while world No.5 Barry Hawkins defeated Cao Yupeng 4-3.

Ali Carter survived a scare as he came from 3-2 down to beat Mike Dunn 4-3, while Graeme Dott beat Jamie Jones by the same score. Ricky Walden defeated Matthew Selt 4-2.

Elsewhere, Jack Lisowski beat Martin Gould 4-1, Ben Woollaston notched a 4-1 win over Alfie Burden and Anthony McGill overcame Ryan Day 4-0.

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