O'Sullivan whitewashes Fu

17 January 2018 19:44:09 GMTPlus11

Ronnie O'Sullivan was quick to play down his 6-0 demolition of Marco Fu in the first round of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

O'Sullivan, who us 2/9 to beat Mark Allen in the quarter-finals, compiled three centuries and four more breaks of over 50 in a one-sided encounter.

Fu only scored 35 points in the six frames while his top break was eight.

O'Sullivan is 1212/1 to win his third Masters title in a row and eighth of his career. The 42-year-old is in a good run of form having won the English Open, Shanghai Masters and UK Championship since October.

"When I get going I'm pretty decent," said O'Sullivan afterwards.

"The bigger the tournament, the more the big players rise to it. There's Mark Selby, me and John Higgins who are comfortable with being the best player in the world.

"Everyone else has spells where they win, and then the pressure gets a bit much for them and they can't consistently win the big events. Maybe they don't relish a situation where they are favourites."

Meanwhile, Kyren Wilson beat Barry Hawkins 6-4 to claim his first ever Masters victory. He is 13/10 to triumph against Mark Williams in the next round.

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