Welsh Open final result: Jordan Brown beats Ronnie O’Sullivan in thrilling encounter | Other | Sport


Ronnie O’Sullivan was beaten by Jordan Brown on his hunt to win a record-equalling fifth Welsh Open title on Sunday. Brown won a close encounter 9-8 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. The Rocket had been in blistering form all week but did not have enough to beat his Northern Irish opponent in a match that had many twists and turns.

Welsh Open final result


Ronnie O’Sullivan 8-9 Jordan Brown


Stephen Maguire 1-6 Jordan Brown

Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 Mark Williams


Mark Selby 4-5 Jordan Brown

Shaun Murphy 4-5 Stephen Maguire

Ali Carter 0-0 Ronnie O’Sullivan (bye)

Mark Williams 5-4 Tom Ford

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jordan Brown preview

Jordan Brown has never before been past the quarter-finals of a ranking event so the world No 81 is in unchartered territory against Ronnie O’Sullivan.

“All the hard work and dedication is finally paying off,” the Northern Irishman said.

“Three years ago I was working in a petrol station serving customers getting up at half five, half six every morning.

“It’s crazy to think since then the journey that I’ve had and being in a ranking tournament final is just incredible.”

And speaking about O’Sullivan, Brown added: “I’ve never played Ronnie. Think I’ve only met him twice at exhibitions.

“What can you say? He’s the ultimate, the greatest of all time, no doubt about that. He’s been entertaining us on our TV screens for the best part of 30 years and we’re just grateful to have him in the game and still entertaining the millions round the world.

“Slight preference to Ronnie. Ronnie, in my opinion, is a slightly better player than Mark [Williams]. If I play Ronnie it’s a fantastic, showpiece occasion for all my family and friends back home. It’s just a pity they can’t be here, but I’m in the final that’s all that matters.”


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