Martin O’Donnell is relishing a UK Championship quarter-final clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan on Friday and has vowed to ‘take the game’ to his opponent.
O’Donnell, ranked 59th in the world, earned the biggest win of his career as he downed Ding Junhui 6-4 in their last-16 clash in York.
The Englishman got his nose in front early with a 57 in frame one but Ding won three of the next four to lead 4-2.
O’Donnell then won three on the spin, including a break of 90, to get within one of victory. Two-time UK champion Ding responded to take frame nine but O’Donnell potted a superb red in the next frame en route to closing out the match with a composed effort.
That long red was symptomatic of his desire to be more attacking, said O’Donnell afterwards.
“My record here has been appalling, so it’s definitely the biggest win of my career,” he told Eurosport.
“I’ve played too cautiously for too many years and I’ve been working hard with my coach on playing more aggressively.
“Against these top players, you have to take the game to them. If you go out there and you look like you’re afraid to win they will just walk all over you.”
O’Donnell feels his York run has been threatened for some time and he admits it will be a dream come true to face six-time winner O’Sullivan on a Triple Crown stage.
“I played really well last season, I lost to a lot of form-horses that went on to win tournaments, so I’ve just kept plugging away and the results are coming thankfully,” he added.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play Ronnie on a big stage. Obviously I’ll massive second-favourite but I’m going to do the same thing, go out there and take the game to him and let’s see what happens.”
O’Donnell is 7.00 to defeat O’Sullivan, who is priced at 4.20 for a 6-2 victory.