World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan soundly beats Rainham cueman Gerard Greene in Paul Hunter Classic final
Rainham's Gerard Greene was soundly beaten in Friday’s final of the Paul Hunter Classic by world champion Ronnie 'The Rocket' O’Sullivan.
Greene had beaten Ali Carter 4-3 in the semi-finals of the tournament in Fuerth, Germany to set up a match against the World number one.
It was the first time Greene had made it to the final of a ranking point event but the 25,000 euro winner’s cheque eluded him.
The final of the European Tour event saw Greene - ranked 57 in the world - swept aside in just 44 minutes by a ruthless O’Sullivan.
Breaks of 92, 69, 61 and a tournament-clinching 110 clearance saw O’Sullivan claim a 4-0 win against the Kent player and his first title of the season.
Greene was meeting an O’Sullivan in top form. The five-times world champion had conceded just one frame on the way to the final.
Despite a one-side final, Greene had earlier raised eyebrows in the tournament, most notably with his triumph over Carter in the semis, to prevent a repeat of the world championship final.
Greene made his way into the last 16 by beating Josh Astley 4-2 and then overcoming Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpailboon.
He beat last year’s finalist Joe Swail 4-1 to set up a match against world number 18 Carter.
The event in Fuerth was on of eight European Tour matches. Next up is the Ruhr Open in Germany on October 3.
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