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Snooker: O’Sullivan snoozes into Scottish last eight

PUBLISHED: 09:58 15 December 2017

Ronnie O'Sullivan sits in his chair (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

Ronnie O'Sullivan sits in his chair (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

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O’Sullivan both powered and power-napped his way into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Scottish Open, seeing off the challenges of Li Hang and Michael White.

The Essex potter has been in stellar form at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena this week and he continued in that vein on day four, first overcoming Hang 4-3 in the afternoon session before then dispatching White 4-1.

Many people noticed O’Sullivan resting his eyes during the match against Hang, the 42-year-old starting superbly with a break of 70 before appearing to tire.

The Chinaman surged into a 3-2 lead and it was during this period that O’Sullivan seemed to catch a bit of shut-eye, which he later confirmed.

“I was tired this morning, really really tired, I just woke up feeling knackered and during that game I was really struggling so I had to catch a few winks in between the frames,” said the world No.2.

“From the end of one frame to the start of the next there’s quite a bit of time.

“There’s like five frames so I managed to get 15 minutes of sleep in there which is good, a power-nap, it’s the optimum level of sleep.

“A lot of people call me a lazy so-and-so but I call it rest.

“I picked up a bit after that, it don’t just kick in it takes a while and you have to kind of build two or three of them and it starts to have an effect so it’s done me good – if I need the kip I’ll have the snooze!”

And O’Sullivan, fresh from winning the Betway UK Championship in York last week, also revealed that he’s looking forward to playing one of the other favourites, Wishaw’s John Higgins, in the quarter-finals.

“That would be an unbelievable atmosphere (a potential match with Higgins), there’s a good crowd in there and obviously being the quarter-finals, John being a local boy.” O’Sullivan added.

“I think it would be a great crowd, the Scots have a great knowledge of snooker, they love all their players but they also appreciate all the other players as well.”

Elsewhere on day four, world No.3 Judd Trump, who plays out of the Grove in Romford, knocked out Michael Holt in the round of 32 before also dispatching Elliott Slessor 4-3.

Trump will face another Scot, Stephen Maguire, on day five.

*Watch the Scottish Open LIVE on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with Andy Goldstein and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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