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Ronnie O'Sullivan scored three centuries in four frames as he reached the last 32 of the Welsh Open.

Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into the last 32 of the Welsh Open

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Ronnie O'Sullivan might not have threatened another maximum but he fired three centuries in four frames as he swept into the last 32 of the Welsh Open on Tuesday.

O'Sullivan, who turned down his chance of a 147 in his previous round win over Barry Pinches, notched breaks of 110, 90, 112 and 102 to see off China's Tian Pengfei 4-0.

Afterwards O'Sullivan insisted he had no regrets about resisting the shot at a maximum, having described the £10,000 prize on offer for the feat as "too cheap".

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O'Sullivan said: "I don't see what's wrong in just bringing a form of entertainment and making it a little bit light hearted because it can be a serious game.

"Once I step over that line when I'm ready to play, I go into a mindset that I have to be myself. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it wrong, but over the course my career I'd like to think I get it right more times than wrong.

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"I've already had 13 maximums, five world titles, six Masters, five UK Championships and hold the record for the most centuries. I think I've done some good things."

Earlier, world snooker boss Barry Hearn conceded that O'Sullivan had been within his rights to resist the maximum, telling BBC Radio Five Live: ''Some have said he has brought the game into disrepute but Ronnie brings the game into fine repute.

''Without personality and characters, sport dies. O'Sullivan is the biggest character in the sport.''

Defending champion John Higgins also whitewashed Sam Baird 4-0, while Judd Trump went through with a 4-1 win over Rory McLeod.

But Shaun Murphy was forced to fight all the way for a 4-3 win over Mitchell Mann, a break of 62 in the decider proving enough to see the former world champion through.

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Ronnie O'Sulivan
Steve Davis
Snooker
Judd Trump
Jimmy White
Mark Selby
World Snooker Championship

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