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Ronnie O'Sullivan criticises UK Championships

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Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan launched a scathing attack on the UK Championships, despite easing into the third round.

Coming into the week as favourite, on the back of compiling no less than four centuries in the Champion of Champions event final against Judd Trump, the Rocket brushed past both Daniel Wells (6-2) and Mark Lines (6-3) to reach the third round.

But after his second victory against Lines, O'Sullivan criticized the tournament being held at the Barbican Centre in York in interview with the BBC.

"It's like asking Roger Federer to go and play on court 13 at Wimbledon in front of three men and a dog"

"The tables are playing really shocking," he said. "It's going on to the cushions at one mile an hour and coming off at three miles an hour.

"I'm in the second biggest tournament we play in and I'm thinking of not using cushions. Then I got my foot broken and I'm thinking maybe this would be a good time to lose. But your instinct kicks in and you battle on."

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Earlier in the week O'Sullivan said that he may not play his second round match against Lines, having struggled with the pain of his broken ankle.

He was also less than complimentary of the decision to play with a four table set-up in the main arena.

He said: "It's like asking Roger Federer to go and play on court 13 at Wimbledon in front of three men and a dog.

"It's really tough out there because you're playing with your back to the crowd  so you don't actually feel like you're playing to anybody."

"I said at the start of the tournament you're going to see some really weird results this week because you've got four tables and it's not ideal playing conditions,"

"I reckon there's going to be a lot more shocks until they get down to the two-table set-up," O'Sullivan said.

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