Snooker: O’Sullivan salutes fans after Open win

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Reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed a 6-2 victory over Anthony McGill as he made a winning return to ranking event action at the International Championship in Chengdu.

The 37-year-old from Essex claimed his fifth World Championship by beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 at the Crucible in May but has not won a major tournament since.

The Rocket - now ranked 31 - comfortably saw off his 22-year-old Scottish opponent with breaks of 73, 80 and 52 to progress to the second round in China.

O’Sullivan, who faces Liang Wenbo in the next round, said: “Anthony is a really good player and got to semi-finals of the Asian Tour event last week.

“I’m just pleased that I was able to give the crowd something worth watching. It’s brilliant to come to Chengdu for the first time and the fans were fantastic.”

Sheffield potter Adam Duffy locks horns with Marco Fu today while Sheffield-based Ding Junhui takes on Cao Yupeng.