Ronnie O’Sullivan facing fine for refusing to speak to media after Crucible win

Ronnie O’Sullivan completed a 10-7 victory over David Gilbert in the first round of the World Championship but his win came at a cost with the five-times world champion set to be fined for refusing to speak to the media.
Session Two
Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 10-7 David Gilbert (Eng)
35-67; 73(72)-5; 84(84)-0; 86(71)-46; 5-117(91); 76-56(56); 0-125(125); 80-49; 95(71)-22; 0-130(60,62); 75-47; 124(101)-0; 25-74; 47-66(61); 96(51)-4; 0-71(71); 76(72)-0
Resuming 6-3 ahead overnight from the first session of their first-round match at the Crucible Theate in Sheffield, O’Sullivan was given a tough morning by Tamworth’s Gilbert before finally prevailing to secure a meeting with Barry Hawkins or Zhang Anda in the last 16 on Saturday.
O’Sullivan is contracted to speak to the media after matches, but mysteriously opted out with governing body the WPBSA set to instigate disciplinary action against ‘The Rocket’ with a possible £500 fine being touted by sources at the venue.
It will hardly trouble the Chigwell player, who could earn a record £330,000 if he lifts the title for a sixth time in a fortnight’s time.
It didn’t start well for the 40-year-old O’Sullivan on Monday when Gilbert raced to a century break in the first frame to reduce the arrears to just two frames.

But O’Sullivan recovered in a tight second frame of the session before adding a century break of his own with a lovely 101. GIlbert hit back by winning the next two frames to close to 8-6 behind, but he could get no nearer his opponent, who secured a professional victory with a break of 72 in the 17th and closing frame.
Gilbert said he could not played any better in defeat, and O’Sullivan will be quietly pleased with his attitude to the task against a world number 22, who played at a higher level than his ranking suggests.

Session One
35-67, 73-5 (72), 84-0 (84), 86-46 (71), 5-117 (91), 76-56 (Gilbert 56), 0-125 (125), 80-49, 95-22 (71)
On a day when Steve Davis announced his retirement as a player by reflecting on a gilded 38 years in the sport, Ronnie O’Sullivan reminded us of the here and now.

In his first outing of this year’s World Championship against world number 22 David Gilbert, the 24th straight year the five-times champion has participated in the elite tournament at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, the game’s ultimate event made a clinical start benefiting from a few key errors by his opponent to open up a 6-3 overnight lead before they play to a finish for a last-16 place on Monday morning.
O’Sullivan led 3-1 and 4-2. Tamworth potter Gilbert managed to recover to 4-3 behind and was probably unfortunate to be so far adrift, but O’Sullivan pinched the eighth frame for a 5-3 lead before a closing run of 71 handed the tournament favourite a three-frame advantage.
Gilbert contributed runs of 125 and 91, but O’Sullivan will feel good about his prospects of progress after running in 72, 84 and a couple of 71s. He needs four more frames to reach the second round, and a rest until the weekend when the second round begins.
Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 6-3 David Gilbert (Eng)
35-67, 73-5 (72), 84-0 (84), 86-46 (71), 5-117 (91), 76-56 (Gilbert 56), 0-125 (125), 80-49, 95-22 (71)

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