Ronnie O'Sullivan through at German Masters but Ding out

World number three Ronnie O'Sullivan
World number three Ronnie O'Sullivan won the German Masters in 2012
German Masters 2015
Dates: 4-8 February Venue: Tempodrom, Berlin

World number three Ronnie O'Sullivan made light work of Mark Davis by winning 5-1 to reach the second round of the German Masters in Berlin.

O'Sullivan, 39, lost the first frame but won five in a row to advance.

Defending champion Ding Junhui was knocked out in the first round after a 5-4 defeat by Ryan Day.

China's Ding, 27, made breaks of 72 and 74 to go 4-3 in front, but Welshman Day hit back, including with a match-winning break of 82.

In December, Ding rose to number one in the world for the first time in his career, despite failing to perform at his best.

China's Ding Junhui
China's Ding Junhui won a record-equalling five ranking titles last season

Last season he won a record-equalling five ranking titles, but he has not reached the final of any major event this season.

O'Sullivan became the highest century-maker in snooker history during the Masters, before suffering a heavy loss to Neil Robertson in the semi-final.

But he put in a clinical performance in Berlin, compiling breaks of 93, 68 and 62, finishing the match with a superb 117.

"I constructed some nice breaks and my safety was good," said O'Sullivan. "I am a player that needs matches. I am striking it better so I can be a bit more aggressive."

Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump all made it through into the second round in Berlin.

German Masters 2015
Click here for the full schedule and results

Top Stories