Ronnie O'Sullivan on his fastest 147 against Mick Price
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Ronnie O’Sullivan brushed aside Luca Brecel last night to book his place in the semi-finals of the English Open. The Rocket, who has been excellent all week, came flying out of the traps and didn’t miss a pot in the opening two frames. Despite dropping the third frame after the underdog knocked in an impressive 94, O’Sullivan made light work of the fourth, fifth and sixth to secure his spot in the final four.
He will face either John Higgins or Yan Bingtao for a place in the final.
Widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest snooker player of all time, O’Sullivan has won career prize money of more than £11 million.
Regularly cheering him on is his partner Laila Rouass.
Rouass is an actress best known for her roles in the likes of Footballers’ Wives and Holby City.
She also competed in the 2009 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, finishing fourth.
She met the snooker star in 2012, and the pair became engaged the following year.
Rouass told the Irish News in a 2016 interview that she met the snooker star while house-hunting.
She said: “It happened by accident. I was shown around Ronnie’s house by his father, who told his son about meeting me.
“Ronnie called the estate agent, a friend of mine, and asked me out via her.
“When she said he was a snooker player, I said, ‘yeah, but what does he do for a living?’ I’d never heard of him because sport doesn’t interest me at all, although Ronnie’s won me over to snooker.”
O’Sullivan enjoyed an impressive junior career and turned professional aged just 16 in 1992.
He became the youngest player to win a professional ranking event when he won the 1993 UK Championship just a week before his 18th birthday.
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He has competed in a record 29 consecutive World Championships between 1993 and 2021, winning the sport’s top gong six times along the way.
O’Sullivan proposed to Rouass back in 2013 with a £55,000 diamond ring, picked from Harrods, according to an archived report in Hello! Magazine.
Despite the long-running engagement, neither of them seem to be in any rush to tie the knot.
Rouass told The Mirror in 2019: “I’d have to really gear myself up for a wedding. At the moment we’ve put it on the back burner and we’re enjoying our time so there’s no rush.”
O’Sullivan echoed his fiancee’s sentiments, adding: “It becomes a bit more important as you get older for legal reasons but for now we’re OK.
“If something’s not broke, why fix it? If it’s working, why change a winning formula?”
O’Sullivan, who has never been married, added: “We’ve been engaged for a while now, so we know we want to be with each other, I’m sure we will get round to it.
“We’re very casual and laid-back about the whole thing anyway. When it happens, it will happen. I love her, I love her company, I admire her.
“She’s good for me in many ways and understands me and the business and gets it and what I go through.”
In the early stages of his career, O’Sullivan suffered from depression and faced drug addiction and alcoholism battles.
Admitting that he has an “addictive nature”, he turned to running.
He has achieved a personal best of 34 minutes and 54 seconds for a 10-kilometre race, which ranked him in the top 1,500 runners in the UK for the distance in 2008.
He also enjoys cooking and co-authored the health and fitness book ‘Top of Your Game: Eating for Mind and Body’ which was published in 2019.
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