Ronnie O'Sullivan put on a display of top drawer match snooker in his first round session where he leads Dominic Dale 7-2. In addition his mid-distance game was very strong too - an area which is usually the first to go in the thirty-somethings. If he keeps potting theses this makes him very dangerous in this tournament
He is now best-priced 6/1 with Betfred the sponsors. This seems quite big still after his performance but it is simply because he is in the toughest quarter of the draw.
Great to see Barry Hawkins finally win a first round match at the Crucible after five first round defeats including twice losing 10-9. His final frame victory was initiated by a free ball from which Hawkins potted the brown and then laid a snooker behind the green from which Maguire's escape failed to leave safe. Incidentally at this crucial stage of the match the free ball wasn't seen by referee Terry Camilleri and only called after prompting from Hawkins. He then held himself together brilliantly to make the frame and match winning break.
More about Ronnie later.