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Ronnie O'Sullivan puts best foot forward despite problems

By Staff Reporter

Ronnie O'Sullivan has begged for help with his shoe problems ahead of his World Championship last 16 showdown against Matthew Stevens at the Crucible.

O'Sullivan completed a 10-3 first round victory over Craig Steadman, while Stevens - conqueror of Belfast's Joe Swail in qualifying - hammered fellow Welshman Mark Williams 10-2.

O'Sullivan will not be fined despite playing part of his match shoeless - thus breaking the dress code.

"I bought some new shoes before the tournament and it was a bad, bad move," said O'Sullivan.

"When I was buying them I thought 'these don't look right' but I'm not into fashion so I bought them anyway.

"If there's a top shoe maker out there that wants to sort me out with a nice pair, send your boys down. I've got these old battered things on at the minute that I've had for about 10 years, so I'd appreciate a new pair," said O'Sullivan, who faces Stevens on Saturday.

Stevens said: "I'm obviously a massive underdog against Ronnie.

"I'm just going to enjoy the game. I will give it my best shot. I'm not afraid of Ronnie, I will just go out there and play my own game."

Ulsterman Mark Allen begins his bid for a quarter-final place when he takes on Barry Hawkins tomorrow.

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