• O’Sullivan equals Hendry record in Masters win

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    LONDON: Ronnie O’Sullivan equalled Stephen Hendry’s all-time record of 775 century breaks en route to a 6-4 victory over Ricky Walden at the Masters in London on Tuesday.

    O’Sullivan, the reigning champion, cruised into a 5-1 lead in the first-round match at Alexandra Palace, only for Walden to hit back and win three frames in a row.

    But O’Sullivan completed victory by taking the 10th frame, with a fluke on a yellow allowing him to make a 116 clearance and equal Hendry’s record on the Scot’s 46th birthday.

    “You go chasing records and you end up doing it on a fluke!” O’Sullivan said. “I’d had a bit of run through the match and thought ‘I could fluke this one.'”

    Hendry, analysing the game for the BBC, said: “It was a matter of time.”

    O’Sullivan will now play Hong Kong’s Marco Fu, who recorded a 147 clearance in his first-round win over Stuart Bingham.

    Meanwhile, the evening session saw Ali Carter secure an emotional 6-1 victory over Barry Hawkins in his first competitive match since being given the all-clear from lung cancer.

    “The reception I got was awesome,” Carter said. “It was as if the crowd had been through the dark days with me.

    “To be out there in the arena reminded me that I am one of the best players in the world.”

    AFP

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