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2018/2019 Ronnie O'Sullivan snooker season

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Template:Infobox snooker player season

The 2018/2019 Ronnie O'Sullivan snooker season began with the Shanghai Masters in September 2018. His opening match was against Neil Robertson on 12 September.

Season summary[edit | edit source]

September 2018: Shanghai Masters title[edit | edit source]

Shanghai Masters[edit | edit source]

O'Sullivan on his way to defend his title first beat Neil Robertson.[1] 6-3, than Stuart Bingham[2] 6-2, Kyren Wilson[3] 10-6 and defended his Shanghai Masters title by beating Barry Hawkins[4] 11–9 in the final. This was O'Sullivan's first tournament of the season. The win made O'Sullivan the first snooker player to surpass £10 million in career prize money.

October 2018: English Open semifinal[edit | edit source]

English Open[edit | edit source]

In his defence of his English open title he beat Kurt Maflin[5], Allan Taylor[6], Matthew Stevens[7], Eden Sharav[8], Luo Honghao[9] and reached the semi-finals but lost 1–6 to Mark Davis[10].

November 2018: Champions of Champions title and Northern Ireland Open runner-up[edit | edit source]

Champions of Champions[edit | edit source]

In Champion of Champions O'Sullivan won his opening match against Stuart Bingham[11] 4-2, then he went to win his group final match against John Higgins[12] 6-3, making 4 centuries on the way. In the semi-finals he defeated defending champion Shaun Murphy[13] 6-3 to progress to his 5th final of the tournament. In the final he defeated in a dramatic fashion Kyren Wilson[14] 10-9.

Northern Ireland Open[edit | edit source]

In Northern Ireland Open Ronnie beat in the first round Soheil Vahedi 4-0[15], making 3 centuries along the way. In the second round he beat Mei Xiwen 4-1[16]. In the third round he beat Tom Ford 4-0[17] and in the fourth round he beat Zhou Yuelong 4-1[18]. In his guarter-final match O'Sullivan defeated David Gilbert 5-2[19] to set up a meeting with Mark Selby in the semi-finals. In high quality and dramatic match O'Sullivan defeated Selby 6-5[20] when in dramatic deciding frame escaping from snooker he fluked the last red to win on a black. In the final O'Sullivan was defeated by Judd Trump 7-9[21].

December 2018: Record-breaking 7th UK Championship and 19th Triple Crown[edit | edit source]

UK Championship[edit | edit source]

In the first round of his defence of the UK Championship Ronnie beat amateur Luke Simmonds 6-1[22]. In the second round O’Sullivan came from 1-4 behind to beat Ken Doherty 6-5[23]. Then in the third round he whitewashed Zhou Yuelong 6-0[24]. In the fourth round he beat Jack Lisowski 6-1[25]. In the guarter-finals he beat Martin O'Donnell 6-1[26]. In the semi-finals Ronnie beat Tom Ford 6-1[27] to reach his 8th UK final. In the final Ronnie beat Mark Allen 10-6[28] and in the process he beat Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry records in winning a record-breaking 7th UK title and 19th Triple Crown.

All WPBSA sanctioned matches[edit | edit source]

The following tables document all matches that took place as part of WPBSA sanctioned tournaments that Ronnie O'Sullivan entered in the 2018/2019 snooker season.

World Snooker Tour[edit | edit source]

The following table chronicles all the main tour matches[nb 1] of O'Sullivan.

Tournament Round Date
(day month)
Opponent (Top 16 Seed)[nb 2] Score Centuries made[nb 3] Tournament century total Tournament record Overall season record Ref.
2R 12 September Australia Neil Robertson (10) 6–3 0 1–0 1–0 [1]
QF 13 September England Stuart Bingham (12) 6–2 140, 111 2 2–0 2–0 [2]
SF 14 September England Kyren Wilson (9) 10–6 135 3 3–0 3–0 [3]
W 16 September England Barry Hawkins (7) 11-9 122, 113 5 4–0 4–0 [4]
1R 15 October Norway Kurt Maflin 4–1 104 1 1–0 5–0 [5]
2R 17 October England Allan Taylor 4–0 147, 135 3 2–0 6–0 [6]
3R 18 October Wales Matthew Stevens 4–1 3 3–0 7–0 [7]
4R 18 October Scotland Eden Sharav 4–1 3 4–0 8–0 [8]
QF 19 October China Luo Honghao 5–3 118 4 5–0 9–0 [9]
SF 20 October England Mark Davis 1–6 4 5–1 9–1 [10]
1R 6 November England Stuart Bingham 4–2 116, 109 2 1–0 10–1 [11]
QF 6 November Scotland John Higgins (5) 6–3 137, 114, 109, 101 6 2–0 11–1 [12]
SF 9 November England Shaun Murphy (1) 6–3 129, 127 8 3–0 12–1 [13]
W 11 November England Kyren Wilson 10–9 131, 110, 107 11 4–0 13–1 [14]
1R 13 November Iran Soheil Vahedi 4–0 108, 111, 116 3 1–0 14–1 [15]
2R 14 November China Mei Xiwen 4–1 119 4 2–0 15–1 [16]
3R 15 November England Tom Ford 4–0 4 3–0 16–1 [17]
4R 15 November China Zhou Yuelong 4-1 132 5 4-0 17-1 [18]
QF 16 November England David Gilbert 5-2 102 6 5-0 18-1 [19]
SF 17 November England Mark Selby (2) 6-5 112, 114, 135 9 6-0 19-1 [20]
F 18 November England Judd Trump (5) 7-9 134 10 6-1 19-2 [21]
Barbican Centre, York, England, 27 November – 9 December 2018.
1R 29 November England Luke Simmonds 6-1 118, 112 2 1-0 20-2 [22]
2R 2 December Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6-5 2 2-0 21-2 [23]
3R 3 December China Zhou Yuelong 6-0 2 3-0 22-2 [24]
4R 5 December England Jack Lisowski 6-1 118, 112 4 4-0 23-2 [25]
QF 7 December England Martin O'Donnell 6-1 106, 102 6 5-0 24-2 [26]
SF 8 December England Tom Ford 6-1 122 7 6-0 25-2 [27]
W 9 December Northern Ireland Mark Allen (7) 10-6 101 8 7-0 26-2 [28]

Table legends[edit | edit source]

Round legend
Q# Qualifying round
#R Early round
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF Quarter-final
SF Semi-final
F Lost in final
W Won in final
Tournament type legend
World ranking event
Non-ranking event

World Snooker Tour season records[edit | edit source]

The following records do not contain any non-tour matches.

Ranking history[edit | edit source]

Head-to-head matchups[edit | edit source]

O'Sullivan's 2018/2019 season overall record was Template:Snooker record. His record against players seeded with a rank within the top 16 at the time of their meetings was Template:Snooker record.

Bold indicates player was ranked top 16 at time of at least one meeting. Record shown in round brackets indicates their meetings when player was ranked within the top 16 if different from the overall season record. Italic indicates player was ranked world no. 1 at time of at least one meeting. Record shown in square brackets indicates their meetings when player was ranked no. 1 if different from the overall season record. The following list is ordered by number of wins, then reverse ordered by number of defeats and then chronologically ordered:

Finals (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit | edit source]

O'Sullivan reached four finals and won three titles in the 2018/2019 season:

Ranking finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit | edit source]

Outcome No. Tournament Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. Northern Ireland Open England Judd Trump 7–9
Winner 1. UK Championship Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–6

Non-ranking finals (2 titles)[edit | edit source]

Outcome No. Tournament Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. Shanghai Masters England Barry Hawkins 11–9
Winner 2. Champion of Champions England Kyren Wilson 10–9

Ranking points[edit | edit source]

The following table documents the results of all world ranking tournaments O'Sullivan competed in during the 2018/2019 season and the ranking points he was awarded for each result. Ranking points were distributed according to the prize money schedule.[30] This also represents his total prize money from world ranking results (in £):

Tournament Result Ranking points awarded Running season ranking points total
English Open SF 20,000 20,000
Northern Ireland Open F 30,000 50,000
UK Championship W 170,000 220,000
Result legend
L# Last #, qualifying round
L# Last #, early round
RR Round robin
WR Wildcard round
QF Quarter-final
SF Semi-final
F Lost in final
W Won in final

Non-ranking results[edit | edit source]

The following table documents the results of all non-world ranking tournaments O'Sullivan competed in during the 2018/2019 season and the prize money he was awarded for each result:

Tournament Result Prize money (£) Ref.
Shanghai Masters W 200,000 [31]
Champion of Champions W 100,000 [32]
Total 300,000
Result legend
L# Last #
RR Round robin
WR Wildcard round
QF Quarter-final
SF Semi-final
F Lost in final
W Won in final

High break prizes[edit | edit source]

The following table documents all high break and maximum prizes (indicated in bold) O'Sullivan received during the 2018/2019 season and the prize money he was awarded for each:

Tournament High break Prize money (£) Ref.
Shanghai Masters 140 2,500 [33]
English Open 147 8,500 [34]
Total 11,000

Century breaks[edit | edit source]

Season[edit | edit source]

During the 2018/2019 season, O'Sullivan made the following total number of century breaks:

Tournament Tournament total Running season total
Shanghai Masters 5 5
English Open 4 9
Champion of Champions 11 20
Northern Ireland Open 10 30
UK Championship 8 38

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. All main tour matches appear on World Snooker's official calendar.[29]
  2. Official seeding revisions were used for tournaments they were prescribed for on World Snooker's official calendar.[29] Otherwise the most recent seeding revision was used for any other tournament.
  3. Breaks in bold indicate highest break made in the tournament and thus O'Sullivan received the high break prize. Breaks in italic are maximum breaks.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rocket Takes Off In Shanghai". World Snooker. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "O'Sullivan Into Shanghai Semis". World Snooker. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "O'Sullivan Ends Wilson's Winning Run". World Snooker. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Rocket Fires To Shanghai Victory". World Snooker. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Lam To The Slaughter". World Snooker. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Rocket Fires Magic Maximum". World Snooker. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "O'Sullivan, Higgins, Trump And Robertson Into Last 16". World Snooker. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Rocket To Face Prodigy Luo". World Snooker. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "O'Sullivan Comes Through Luo Test". World Snooker. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Davis Stuns O'Sullivan To Reach First Final". World Snooker. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "O'Sullivan Beats Higgins With Four Tons". World Snooker. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "O'Sullivan Beats Higgins With Four Tons". World Snooker. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "O'Sullivan Into Fifth Ricoh Final". World Snooker. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "O'Sullivan Edges Classic Wilson Final". World Snooker. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Trump Bounces Back With Belfast Win". World Snooker. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "All-Out Attack For The Rocket In Belfast". World Snooker. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Selby Into Belfast Quarters". World Snooker. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Selby Into Belfast Quarters". World Snooker. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "O'Sullivan Sets Up Selby Showdown". World Snooker. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Rocket Wins Belfast Thriller". World Snooker. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Trump Downs The Rocket In Thriller". World Snooker. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 "O'Sullivan Shakes Off Virus To Thrash Simmonds". World Snooker. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 "O'Sullivan Fight Back Floors Doherty". World Snooker. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Rocket Hits Zhou For Six". World Snooker. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Maguire Beats Williams In UK Thriller". World Snooker. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018. 
  26. 26.0 26.1 "O'Sullivan To Face Ford In Semis". World Snooker. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 "O'Sullivan Storms Into UK Final". World Snooker. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 "O'Sullivan Storms To Historic Seventh UK Title". World Snooker. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018. 
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Calendar 2018/2019" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  30. "Indicative prize money rankings schedule 2018/2019 season" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  31. "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2018/2019 Season" (PDF). www.worldsnooker.com/2018-19-prize-money. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  32. "Prize Fund", championofchampionssnooker.co.uk, Matchroom Sport, retrieved 12 November 2018 
  33. "Prize Fund" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 
  34. "Prize Fund" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 November 2018. 


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