After Scottish Open victory, O’Sullivan taps Chang Bingyu for major stuff

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After playing his way into the third round of the Scottish Open, Ronnie O’Sullivan crowned Chang Bingyu the golden boy of Chinese snooker.

Chang, world number 72, 4-1 in Milton Keynes, was defeated by The Rocket, but a break of 81 in the fourth frame of an 18-year-old showed all his pace in sinking.

The six-time world champion was pleased with what he saw and believes Chang has the talent to equal even the dizzying heights of World No. 1 Judd Trump, who reached the last 32 at the UK Championship.

“I knew I was playing against a very good player,” said the 45-year-old. He’s super talented.

“Because he scores really fast, he’s the closest thing to players like Judd. He’s dangerous, and he may as well be very, very sweet.

For 18-year-old Chang Bingyuu, “He’s the closest thing to a player like @judd147t”@ronnieo147 predicts big things
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He’s very, very good now, but he might be the best of the Chinese [players]if I say he can be very good.

He scores quickly – you will never really be dangerous in this game if you do not score quickly. But he’s going to go and boom, bang, bang, he can reel off three or four frames before you know it.

If you want to win big, you must be able to do that. This kid certainly has the super ingredient that you need to be a dangerous player.

To be honest, I didn’t think it was amazing, I just didn’t feel like I was going to play well tonight and I just felt it.

“I just had to try and put it out of my mind and focus on the game.”

Under the lights at Marshall Arena, O’Sullivan posted breaks of 134, 78 and 50 to begin his quest for a third Scottish Open title.

The 37-time ranking winner struggled to defeat Trump at the Northern Ireland Open in the final, before losing to Alexander Ursenbacher at the UK Championship in the second round.

O’Sullivan will face world number 54 Tian Pengfei next, who beat Chris Wakelin 4-1 in round three on Wednesday night.

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After his first-round win over Allan Taylor, the reigning world champion bit the top of his cue – and reckons his newly named replacement will take him to victory.

“I’m still getting used to it. I played about 45 minutes at home today and it felt better than the other one,” he said.

“The other one was very spongy and soft and with it I couldn’t get much control. With this one, the white was fizzing around as soon as I hit the ball.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is a whole different game.'”

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