O’Sullivan faces bitter rival Carter with followers left pleading ‘cease the torture’

Ronnie O’Sullivan roared right into a 7-1 lead in opposition to bitter snooker rival Ali Carter – leaving plans pleading “stop the torture”.

O’Sullivan, 48, and Carter, 44, are in motion on the Tour Championship in Manchester, the ultimate cease of the highway to the World Championship on the Crucible. The quarter-final is their first assembly for the reason that ill-tempered Masters ultimate between the pair in January.

During that match, Carter accused O’Sullivan of “snotting all over the floor”, with the seven-time world champion, who gained 10-7, hitting again with a unprecedented, expletive-filled rant about Carter in his post-match press convention.

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As a outcome, followers have been eagerly anticipating the rematch. However, it was one-way site visitors within the first session with the Rocket blasting right into a 7-0 lead as he pounced upon each Carter error. The Captain pulled one again within the ultimate body of the session because of a 141 break however nonetheless has a mountain to climb within the best-of-19 affair.

Fans have been fast to pile in amid the onslaught. One stated: “Ronnie O’Sullivan utterly battering Ali Carter here, most enjoyable.” Another pleaded: “Stop the torture.”

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Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter during their Tour Championship quarter-final
Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ali Carter throughout their Tour Championship quarter-final

A 3rd, mid-session, posted: “Carter messed up on 44 and then later on played such a howling shot in hitting the yellow when trying to escape. Ronnie clears with 51 to continue the torture. 5-0.”

A fourth added: “Ronnie hasn’t even got out of first gear yet so far ahead of Carter.” Another stated: “This is turning out to be a complete demolition job as Ronnie is fully relaxed and not missing a beat.”

Ali Carter during the first session of his match against Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Tour Championship
Ali Carter throughout the first session of his match in opposition to Ronnie O’Sullivan on the Tour Championship

A sixth identified: “Ronnie needs a focus. His beef with Carter gives him that and so we see what he’s capable of.”

There was disappointment from some that Carter wasn’t placing up extra of a combat. A seventh added: “Ronnie’s a superior player, different league. Most disappointing though for Carter is his scoring. Just one break over 40 when 7-0 down with a 141. U can’t out Muppet Ronnie with 40 breaks.”