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In Form Ronnie at Pink PTC

Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the fourth round of the Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup to the loss of only a single frame in Gloucester.

Two whitewash wins over Jordan Winbourne and Aditya Mehta preceded a 4-1 triumph new Top 16 member Martin Gould.

‘The Rocket’ has long advocated for a less restrictive dress code and the use of pink polo shirts in support of breast cancer awareness seems to have relaxed the former world number one.

O’Sullivan will meet Stephen Maguire for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday after the Scotsman ended the run of Ireland’s David Morris in the third round.

Morris had produced the shock of tournament so far by ousting world champion John Higgins 4-2 but could not follow up the victory against another Scot.

Maguire has largely struggled for form this season and has not gone past this stage of any PTC event so far in the campaign.

Amateur Kyren Wilson arguably produced the best performances of the day to make the last 16 with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Michael Holt.

The English 19 year-old had earlier beaten PTC 3 champion Ben Woollaston 4-1 and Tian Pengfei of China 4-0 after qualifying for the first round proper in the qualifying stages on Thursday.

Wilson will challenge Joe Perry in an effort to continue his progress following a defeat of Dubliner Joe Delaney and a gritty 4-3 win against Stephen Hendry in the last 32.

The victory for Perry acts in some small part as revenge for a thrilling deciding frame defeat to the seven-time world champion at The Crucible last April.

Mark King continued his resurgence in form by beating Welshman Ryan Day 4-0 after coming from 3-1 behind in the previous round to edge ex-pro Patrick Wallace.

China’s Liu Chuang will be the Romford man’s opponent on Sunday after the increasingly talented 21 year-old romped to victory over super-slow Rory McLeod in double-quick time.

Finally, PTC 5 champion Andrew Higginson has made a bid for a second title and will face Michael White in the fourth round.

Today, the likes of world number one Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Irishmen Fergal O’Brien and Ken Doherty get under way in the other half of the draw to see what eight will complete the last 16 line-up.

The full draw and results can be viewed by clicking here.



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