Ronnie O’Sullivan drops a fascinating comment as he ‘sails’ through to second round of UK Championship after beating Anthony McGill in York…

Ronnie O’Sullivan has advanced to the second round of the UK Championship with a 6-2 victory over Anthony McGill in York, marking the start of his quest for an eighth title in this event. O’Sullivan’s initial triumph in 1993 saw him defeat Stephen Hendry 10-6, and his most recent win in 2018 involved a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen.

Despite falling 2-0 behind against McGill, the 47-year-old rebounded by winning six consecutive frames, setting up a second-round encounter with either Robert Milkins or Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Post-match, O’Sullivan, speaking to the BBC, acknowledged the challenges of the lengthy matches at this stage of his career, emphasizing the importance of digging deep and out-battling opponents like Anthony McGill.

Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of his first UK title at the age of 17, O’Sullivan expressed a determination to continue playing as long as possible, considering each year as a bonus and appreciating his extended success after the age of 35.

Ronnie O'Sullivan began his pursuit of an eighth UK Championship title with a 6-2 win over Anthony McGill in York

In another veteran’s success, 48-year-old John Higgins secured his spot in the second round with a 6-3 victory over Joe O’Connor. Higgins will face either Neil Robertson or Zhou Yuelong in the next round.

Meanwhile, the defending champion, Mark Allen, was eliminated this year, losing 6-5 to Ding Junhui in a rematch of the 2022 final.

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