Four-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan opened up a 5-3 lead over Judd Trump in the final of the UK Championship.
Both players were knocking in superb long pots early on but it was O’Sullivan who stroked in 82 as he went 3-1 ahead at the interval.
“Absolute poop so far, need to play 10 times better to have a chance,”
during the break in York.
But O’Sullivan punished mistakes to go 5-2 up, with Trump taking the last frame ahead of the evening’s session.
Trump said prior to the final that he
to beat O’Sullivan, but unexpected misses and poor safety shots allowed his opponent to capitalise.
‘The Rocket’ was barely at his best but the Bristol man needs a considerable improvement to overturn the deficit against the best frontrunner in the game – although it could have been much worse at 5-1 down.
The sixth frame typified Trump’s performance in the match thus far, doing all the hard work before missing a routine red into the middle, allowing O’Sullivan to clear up and guaranteeing himself a lead going into the final session.
A tactical seventh frame went Trump’s way, and he clinched the vital eighth to stay in touch before the resumption at 19:00 GMT.