Ronnie O’Sullivan, Trump and Selby in action – Diverse Bulletin

The 2021/22 snooker season gets underway with the Northern Ireland Open from Belfast and there is another star-studded line-up eager to get their campaigns off to the best star. Defending champions Judd Trump is headling the event but there will be all eyes on Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has lost to Trump in three consecutive finals.

But Trump is hoping he can extend his dominance at the Northern Ireland Open to become snooker’s main man.

“I’ve always had that expectation on me. There’s always been that hunger to be the main guy,” he told the Sunday Post ahead of the event.

“I don’t know when my prime is. If it’s now then I need to make the most of it. I always knew I was good but until you prove it to other people you never truly have that belief.

“I lost in that World [Championship] final to John [Higgins in 2011]. I won the [2011] UK Championship and I won a few other events. But it took a few years for me to really make my mark.

“Apart from Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis in their primes, I feel like it’s the most anyone has ever dominated.

“Especially with the strength in depth and the player quality that we have around now.”

Northern Ireland Open LIVE scores

Saturday, October 9


Christopher Clifford v Gao Yang

Zhou Yuelong v Jimmy Robertson

Anthony McGill v Lee Walker

Sunday, October 10


Stephen Maguire v Steven Hallworth

Stuart Bingham v Ben Hancorn

Yan Bingtao v Hossein Vafaei


Jack Lisowski v Ashley Hugill

John Higgins v Joe O’Connor

Mark Selby v Mark Lloyd


Mark Allen v Si Jiahui

Robert McCullough v Sam Craigie

Neil Robertson v Barry Pinches


Judd Trump v Andrew Pagett

Kyren Wilson v Jamie Clarke

Gary Wilson v Jordan Brown


Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Carrington

Barry Hawkins v Iulian Boiko

Mark Williams v Mark Joyce

Monday, October 11


Yuan SiJun v Alfie Burden

Lyu Haotian v Ali Carter

Mitchell Mann v Xiao Guodong


Shaun Murphy v Bai Langning

Liang Wenbo v Luca Brecel


James Cahill v Fergal O’Brien


Tom Ford v Ashley Carty


Oliver Lines v Ben Woollaston

Tuesday, October 12


Lu Ning v Jamie O’Neill

David Grace v David Gilbert


Jackson Page v Noppon Saengkham


Martin O’Donnell v Ricky Walden


Simon Lichtenberg v Matthew Stevens


Martin Gould v Jak Jones

Wednesday, October 13


Liam Highfield v Ryan Day

Chris Wakelin v Tian Pengfei

Rory McLeod v G Wilson/J Brown

Round 2: Monday-Wednesday

Round 3: Wednesday-Thursday

Round 4: Thursday

Quarter-finals: Friday

Semi-finals: Saturday

Final: Sunday

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