Ronnie O'Sullivan: Snooker tournaments 'are like buses'

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan is aiming to win the inaugural Steve Davis Trophy

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan says snooker tournaments have become so regular they are 'like buses'.

O'Sullivan won a last-frame decider against China's Zhao Xintong to reach the third round of the English Open, but was not worried about losing.

"You've got so many tournaments, it's not really a bad thing if you lose," O'Sullivan told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's like a bus, you know there's going to be one quickly coming along."

Earlier this year, 40-year-old O'Sullivan refused to an attempt a maximum 147 break at the Welsh Open because the £10,000 prize money on offer was "too cheap".

The 2016 Welsh Open champion continued: "You just think well, that's a few days off and then you've got one the next week."

"So it was a win-win situation for me, I didn't really care if I won or lost.

"I know it might sound quite strange, but that's just how it feels."

A break of 62 earned O'Sullivan a 4-3 win and set up a third-round tie against Chris Wakelin in Manchester.

Judd Trump also won in the final frame, beating Jamie Bodle, but top seed Mark Selby lost 4-3 to Liam Highfield.

Neil Robertson enjoyed a 4-1 win over Duane Jones, while Stuart Bingham and John Higgins also progressed.

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