Ronnie O'Sullivan set to find out punishment after media no-show

Ronnie O'Sullivan set to find out punishment after media no-show

Ronnie O'Sullivan can expect to find out today how hard he will be hit in the pocket after his latest run-in with the snooker authorities.

World Snooker revealed the five-time world champion faces disciplinary action for failing to fulfil his obligation to face the media in the wake of his 10-7 first round win over David Gilbert.

In a statement, World Snooker said: "All players have a responsibility to the sport, and in particular to their fans. This includes fulfilling media obligations at events. Any players found to be in breach of these rules will be referred to the disciplinary process."

O'Sullivan's fine is unlikely to run beyond a few hundred pounds, loose change for a player who has earned millions from the game and will pocket a record £330,000 if he claims an historic sixth title in a fortnight's time.

But his response does inevitably raise questions over his psychological state as he begins preparations for his second round match against either Barry Hawkins or Zhang Anda on Saturday.

O'Sullivan did not need to be at his best to see off world number 65 Gilbert, transforming a 6-3 overnight advantage into a relatively routine win.

Former two-time champion Mark Williams expressed his relief after wrapping up a 10-4 win over Graeme Dott to claim his first first round victory in four years at the Crucible.

Leading 7-2 overnight, Williams won the first two frames of the afternoon session to effectively put the result beyond doubt, and said: "It's nice to still be in it.

"Normally I'm talking rubbish to you lot and driving home straight after. Last year I was just utter crap, really. I'm not saying I won't be utter crap in the next round, but at least I'm still here."

John Higgins scored three centuries as he raced to a 7-2 lead over Ryan Day with their match due to resume and be played to a finish on Tuesday afternoon. Mark Selby also leads Robert Milkins 7-2.

In Monday's evening session Sam Baird went through 10-7 against Michael White and Ricky Walden defeated Robbie Williams 10-8.

Another former champion, Neil Robertson, was set to make his 2016 Crucible bow on Tuesday against Michael Holt, with the pair starting in the morning and playing to a finish in the evening session.

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