Martin Gould reacts to upsetting Ronnie O'Sullivan for first ever win over the Rocket

December 15, 2022
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2022 BetVictor Scottish Open - Day 3
Martin Gould is into the last 16 in Brentwood (Picture: Getty Images)

Martin Gould revealed he has been dealing with a knee injury that has left him barely able to walk this season, but it didn’t hinder him as he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-1 at the English Open.

It was the Pinner Potter’s first ever win over the Rocket and he was impressive in beating the world champion, making breaks of 60, 57 and 61 along the way.

After reaching the last 16 in Brentwood, the 41-year-old explained why he has had a quiet season so far before his fine victory over the world number one.

‘I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve had to manage a couple of things away from the game, I injured my knee before the season started and I have to have injections in it,’ he told Eurosport.

‘Sometimes I can’t even walk. Luckily I don’t need surgery, but it’s the right knee so I’m limited to an hour or an hour-and-a-half practice. I can up it a bit after an injection, but it’s not been great.’

Brentwood could be where he turns his season around though as he will be full of confidence after beating O’Sullivan for the first time ever.

‘It was good, I enjoyed it,’ Gould said. ‘I know what Ronnie’s like because I’ve played him many a time back home, but it was a different experience here.

‘I felt a lot more comfortable this afternoon than sometimes when I’ve played him before.

‘It was all about getting off to a good start and that’s what I managed to do.’

Gould and O’Sullivan have been regular practice partners in the past, and although he has seen how devastating the Rocket can be first hand, he was not intimidated by it when they took to the match table in Essex.

‘If you don’t enjoy practicing with Ronnie then there’s something wrong,’ he said.

‘If I’m not going to take inspiration from that then there’s definitely something wrong with me.’

Gould plays Pang Junxu or Ashley Hugill in the last 16 on Thursday night.

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