Stuart Bingham reveals his simple plan to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Crucible

Stuart Bingham is in the Rocket’s firing line in Sheffield (Picture: Getty Images)

Stuart Bingham says it is a simple enough mantra that he will take into his World Snooker Championship clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan: ‘Don’t miss!’

The 2015 world champion had to come through qualifying to get to the Crucible but has impressed since arriving, beating Gary Wilson and Jack Lisowski so far.

Next up is the biggest test in the game, facing the world number one, but Bingham has beaten him before at the Crucible, downing him at the same quarter-final stage on his amazing run to the world title.

Having conquered the Rocket in the past, he knows how tough a task it is, but says there is only one piece of advice worth listening to.

‘Don’t miss. Simple as that,’ he said. ‘I remember playing Ronnie in the semi-final of the Grand Prix, before the World Championship in 2015 and he beat me 6-0. It’s good to play him beforehand because you get used to the way he plays and his aura. I ain’t played him for a few years.

‘So you’ve got 95 per cent of the crowd on his side and you’re playing the best player in the world. Easy as that!

‘You’ve just got to get involved in the match and try and stay with him. He’s going to have a little spurt here and there, you’ve got to try and stick in there.’

Bingham beat O’Sullivan 13-9 in 2015 (Picture: Getty Images)

O’Sullivan was far from faultless in his second round win over Ryan Day, with the Welshman spurning a number of opportunities and Bingham hopes it will be more of the same from the Rocket against him.

‘I watched a little bit of his match with Ryan, he gave Ryan a fair few chances so I’ll hope he plays like that,’ said the 47-year-old. ‘But Ronnie’s Ronnie. We’re 1-1 in quarters, he bashed be up a few years before 13-4.

‘So I’ll have to touch up on my game, need to score a bit heavier. My safety’s good, I’m happy with that but I need to score heavier to have a chance.’

O’Sullivan has not been pushed in wins over Jackson Page and Ryan Day so far (Picture: Getty Images)

Bingham is somewhat freewheeling as a qualifier in the quarter-finals, while O’Sullivan is bidding for a record eighth world title, but Ballrun says there is pressure on everyone in the sport’s greatest tournament.

‘I’m going for my second. He’s going for his eighth. So we’ve got our own pressures and thoughts,’ he said. ‘I’m sure he’d love to get to eight.

‘To be honest he maybe should be on 12, that’s how good he is. But he’s obviously fighting for his 8th, that might be why he played a little bit poorly against Ryan, he’s got that added pressure.

‘But you can’t take anything for granted with Ronnie. He’s the best player to ever pick up a cue and you need to play really, really well to have a chance.’


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