UK Championship 2017: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Michael Georgiou in round two

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at the York Barbican
Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the third round at the UK Championships
O'Sullivan has won the World Championship five times and the Masters on seven occasions

Five-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan eased into the third round of the UK Championship with a 6-1 victory over world number 73 Michael Georgiou.

O'Sullivan knocked in breaks of 69 and 57 as he opened up a 4-0 lead - Cypriot Georgiou scored just one point in the opening three frames.

Georgiou hit back with a 60, but world number four O'Sullivan won the next two with breaks of 68 and 82.

The 41-year-old is aiming to equal Steve Davis' record haul of six titles.

O'Sullivan is also hoping to draw level with Stephen Hendry's 18 'Triple Crown' triumphs - he has won the World Championship five times and the Masters on seven occasions.

"I just want to play for the enjoyment of it," O'Sullivan told BBC Two. "I find it tough sometimes, I just have to manage it as well as I can.

"Records are not something I am worried about. I keep it as business like as I can - I don't want to get too emotionally involved."

He will face Michael White in the next round on Tuesday after the Welshman beat Matthew Selt 6-1, including setting a new high break in the tournament of 142.

'The Rocket' has been this season's form player, claiming two ranking titles and reaching the final of two other invitational events.

"I don't rest on my laurels," he added. "What's the point of thinking like that for the next five, six months? That's a real loser's attitude.

"My game has started to feel good again and I thought I owe it to myself to give it a good go."

Such has been O'Sullivan and world number one Mark Selby's recent dominance, the pair have claimed the last five UK, World and Masters titles. Selby, though, suffered a shock defeat by world number 66 Scott Donaldson on Saturday.

Analysis - O'Sullivan the man to beat

1997 world champion Ken Doherty on BBC TV

I do not think O'Sullivan will be fully happy with his performance, he lost his concentration at times but he has been cueing really well over the last few months.

He has done a lot of travelling this year, but has been very successful reaching the latter stages of tournaments. He is the man to beat.

It was an experience for Georgiou to play one of the best players in the game out in the main arena on TV. Even 'though it is a baptism of fire, he can take it on to his next game, but he is better than he showed today.

King misses out on maximum

Elsewhere, 2008 champion Shaun Murphy defeated Liam Highfield 6-5 in a final-frame decider.

Murphy made breaks of 96, 80 and 54 to take a 4-2 lead but Highfield responded impressively to lead 5-4 before the 35-year-old Englishman nicked the final two frames to progress.

Mark King agonisingly missed out on his first career maximum 147 break by missing the pink against Mike Dunn, but nevertheless won the match 6-4.

Three-time winner John Higgins was made to work hard for a 6-4 victory over China's Cao Yupeng.

Higgins' highest break in the match was nothing more substantial than 59 as he battled to progress.


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