Ronnie O’Sullivan Withdraws from the Northern Ireland Open


Three-time former runner-up, Ronnie O’Sullivan, has withdrawn from the upcoming Northern Ireland Open in Belfast. Let’s delve into the details and the tournament schedule:

The Rocket’s Absence

  • Date: Next week’s Northern Ireland Open.
  • Reason: A medical issue.
  • Replacement: Rory McLeod takes his place in the draw.
  • Previous Withdrawals: This marks O’Sullivan’s fourth withdrawal this season, following the Championship League, European Masters, and the British Open.

Challenges for O’Sullivan

  • Despite his status as the world number one, O’Sullivan faces challenges in the current one-year standings.
  • He’s in danger of missing out on the World Grand Prix in January due to a provisional ranking of no. 39.

Notable Missing Players

  • O’Sullivan’s absence adds to a list of top players skipping the event.
  • The “Macau Five,” including Luca Brecel, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Ali Carter, and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, also opted out.
  • Ding Junhui has chosen not to enter as well.

Upcoming Schedule

  • The Northern Ireland Open kicks off with venue stages on October 22nd, culminating in the final on October 29th.
  • Defending champion Mark Allen seeks his third consecutive win at this event.
  • Judd Trump is the pre-tournament favorite, with recent victories at the English and Wuhan Opens.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the results and schedule for the Northern Ireland Open qualifiers:

Northern Ireland Open Qualifying Results

Tuesday, October 17th

10amFan Zhengyi 4-2 Liu Hongyu
10amLong Zehuang 1-4 Anton Kazakov
10amAndy Hicks 2-4 Jiang Jun
1pmAllan Taylor 1-4 Dominic Dale
1pmAlfie Burden 4-3 Mostafa Dorgham
1pmReanne Evans 0-4 Hammad Miah
4pmLiam Graham 0-4 Jackson Page
4pmAndrew Higginson 2-4 Sean O’Sullivan
4pmAndrew Pagett 3-4 Lukas Kleckers
7pmDylan Emery 4-3 Martin Gould
7pmJoe O’Connor 2-4 Zak Surety
7pmRod Lawler 4-0 Baipat Siripaporn

Wednesday, October 18th

10amMohamed Ibrahim 2-4 Dean Young
10amScott Donaldson 0-4 Mark Davis
10amVictor Sarkis 2-4 Ross Muir
1pmJamie Clarke 4-3 Alfie Davies
1pmLiam Highfield 3-4 Ken Doherty
1pmJames Cahill 4-1 Duane Jones
4pmJordan Brown 4-2 Stuart Carrington
4pmAdam Duffy 1-4 Julien Leclercq
4pmLiam Pullen 1-4 Robbie Williams
7pmChris Wakelin 4-0 Anthony Hamilton
7pmManasawin Phetmalaikul 3-4 Barry Pinches
7pmMatthew Stevens 4-2 Stephen Hendry

Thursday, October 19th

10amDavid Grace 0-4 Xing Zihao
10amXu Si 4-2 Alexander Ursenbacher
10amXiao Guodong 1-4 Yuan Sijun
1pmMarco Fu 4-2 Jamie Jones
1pmPang Junxu 2-4 Ian Burns
1pmNoppon Saengkham 4-0 Himanshu Jain
4pmMatthew Selt 4-1 Andy Lee
4pmDavid Lilley 1-4 Aaron Hill
4pmJimmy Robertson 4-2 Sydney Wilson
7pmGraeme Dott 4-0 Oliver Lines
7pmMartin O’Donnell 4-3 Daniel Wells
7pmJoe Perry 4-2 Ishpreet Singh Chadha

Friday, October 20th

10amZhou Yuelong 2-4 Stan Moody
10amMink Nutcharut 2-4 Michael White
10amPeng Yisong 4-1 He Guoqiang
1pmStephen Maguire 4-3 Fergal O’Brien
1pmSi Jiahui 1-4 Zhang Anda
1pmLyu Haotian 4-1 Ashley Carty
4pmAndres Petrov 4-3 Sanderson Lam
4pmStuart Bingham 4-3 Ashley Hugill
4pmJohn Astley 0-4 Thor Chuan Leong
7pmJak Jones 4-0 Oliver Brown

Held Over Fixtures (to be played at the venue)

Sunday, October 22nd

10amRobert Milkins vs Cao Yupeng
10amRyan Day vs Ma Hailong
10amNeil Robertson vs Wu Yize
1pmRicky Walden vs Ben Woollaston
1pmJudd Trump vs Jenson Kendrick
1pmKyren Wilson vs Sam Craigie
Not before 2pmJack Lisowski vs Rebeccan Kenna
Not before 2pmRobbie McGuigan vs Muhammad Asif
Not before 2pmMark Williams vs Tian Pengfei
7pmMark Allen vs Ben Mertens
7pmShaun Murphy vs Ryan Thomerson
7pmDavid Gilbert vs Joel Connolly
Not before 8pmGary Wilson vs Louis Heathcote
Not before 8pmAnthony McGill vs Jimmy White
Not before 8pmRory McLeod vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed

Monday, October 23rd

10amHossein Vafaei vs Mark Joyce
10amBarry Hawkins vs Elliot Slessor
10amTom Ford vs Haydon Pinhey

Stay updated with the latest developments in the snooker world as the Northern Ireland Open unfolds.

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