Peter Lines: I'd prefer bye to facing Ronnie O'Sullivan

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Barbican Centre, York
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan said he "didn't enjoy" his 6-2 win over Daniel Wells in the first round
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November - 7 December
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Peter Lines says he would prefer it if Ronnie O'Sullivan has to pull out of Sunday's second-round UK Championship match because of his broken ankle.

Lines, 44, beat Joe Swail 6-4 to book a date with the four-time champion.

But O'Sullivan, who beat Daniel Wells 6-2 despite playing with the injury, has said he may now have to withdraw.

"Obviously I would be delighted to play Ronnie on television. But if you gave me the option I would definitely prefer to get a bye," Lines told BBC Sport.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan, clearly in pain, had to rest his foot on a stool when sat in his chair in the win over Daniel Wells

The pair have only met twice before, with Lines winning both matches.

But a third meeting is in doubt after O'Sullivan broke his left ankle while out running and struggled through the pain in his first-round win over Daniel Wells.

"Ronnie could do with a rest - he doesn't want to be on that foot all day long," Lines joked. "It would be a right result for me if he doesn't play.

"He can't be too careful with that ankle - he doesn't want to ruin it for the rest of the season.

"I hope he doesn't play, beat me and then pull out, I won't be happy with that. Tell him if he is gong to pull out to do it straight away!"

Leeds-born and based Lines, a UK Championship quarter-finalist in 2009, reached the last 16 at the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai Masters last season.

But the world number 61, whose son Oliver is also on the tour, has struggled for form this season.

Lines senior was hugely relieved to progress past Swail and pick up the £3,000 for reaching the final 64.

"For the first five or six frames I played really well but at 4-1 up he gave me a golden chance to clear up and I missed the easiest brown you have ever seen," said Lines.

"After that I felt I had completely gone. I didn't think I was going to pot a ball. He went 4-4 and was 50 in front but somehow I managed to win it. I am so relieved.

"I should have won 6-1 and I scraped over the line. In the end I was lucky not to lose.

"It's pure pressure when you have not been winning."

Price of success
Last 64£3,000
Last 32£9,000
Last 16£12,000
Last 8£20,000
FinalWinner: £150,000Runner-up: £70,000

But there will be no dream meeting with 19-year-old son Oliver.

The pair have not yet played each other and would not have met until the final in York. But Oliver lost his first-round match 6-2 to Yu Delu to dash those slim hopes.

"I missed too many balls. I never really felt good or that I could come back," he said. "I couldn't get going. I don't really know why. I will figure it out.

"Things have gone alright so far this season but this has put a downer on things.

"I will watch dad against Ronnie, but I would rather he gets a bye. It's another six grand!"

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