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Ronnie O’Sullivan Next Match – Rocket Heads To Belfast Qualifiers

When is Ronnie O’Sullivan playing next? After losing in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Wuhan Open, Ronnie O’Sullivan is next scheduled to line up at the Northern Ireland Open on October 22nd, 2023.

Despite not yet claiming a ranking title this season, O’Sullivan will be at the leading edge of the outright winner market for the Belfast action. It is a title that he has yet to claim in his career, losing all three previous Final appearances he’s made to Judd Trump.

Check out our daily snooker predictions for the 2023 Northern Ireland Open, as we follow all the latest action. Here we look ahead to Ronnie O’Sullivan’s next match.

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ahmed Elsayed

Ronnie O’Sullivan was looking in good shape at the inaugural Wuhan Open in China, before crashing out heavily to Lyu Haotian in the quarter-finals. The Chinese player steadily pulled away to a 4-0 lead, leaving O’Sullivan unable to mount a fightback in a 5-1 loss.

His next challenge will be facing America’s Ahmed Elsayed in the qualifying round of this year’s Northern Ireland Open which runs from October 22-29th at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

What are the Rocket’s chances in the match?

The oddsmakers have Ronnie O’Sullivan as the strong odds-on match favourite for this duel. The Rocket has only lost two matches since September and while he has missed out on titles at the English Open and Wuhan Open, his form in general has been solid. 

In opponent Ahmed Elsayed, O’Sullivan will face a player ranked outside the Top 120. Given that O’Sullivan hasn’t had any qualifying blips this season, this looks like a more than winnable challenge for him. 

At the top tier of snooker, Ahmed Elsayed hasn’t won a match this year, losing all three played in the Championship League before suffering defeats in qualifiers for the European Masters, Wuhan Open, English Open and British Open. 

So O’Sullivan looks to have a decent chance of progressing to the main draw of the 2023 Northern Ireland Open.

Head To Head

This will be the first meeting between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ahmed Elsayed. 

What Lies Ahead

The winner of the Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ahmed Elsayed match will confirm a spot in the First Round of the main draw.

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Lee Jackson

Lee has been a freelance sports writer for over a decade and is a massive sports fan, following Chelsea in the Premier League and Gloucester in Premiership Rugby. Few sports events get him more excited than Ashes cricket, however.

Lee has followed darts since the good old days of Eric Bristow and John Lowe producing highlight moments at the World Championships on dark winter nights.