Snooker - O'Sullivan in winning return, Trump crashes out in Bulgaria

Ronnie O'Sullivan comfortably defeated Michael Wild, Michael Leslie and Ian Burns in the first three rounds of the Bulgarian Open on his return to the baize, but defending champion Judd Trump went out.

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Ronnie O'sullivan at the World Snooker Championship (Reuters)

World champion O'Sullivan, seeded 11th on account of his long spells of inactivity, had pulled out of May's Wuxi Classic in China following his Crucible heroics but returned to action for this event in Sofia.

O'Sullivan beat Wild 4-0 and both Leslie and Burns 4-1, with the second half of the draw playing their first three matches on Saturday and the first half having done so on Friday.

Defending champion Judd Trump crashed out though, losing his second-round clash to David Gilbert.

Fifth seed John Higgins was the first into the fourth round after he beat Bratislav Krustev, Andrew Higginson and Luca Brecel.

Shaun Murphy also went through, beating Georgi Velichkov, Hammad Miah and Alan McManus.

The three-day event, held at Universiada Hall in Sofia, signals the first ranking event of the new season.

There are 2000 ranking points up for grabs for the winner of the event.

Bulgaria Open results

Round three:

Mark J Williams [9] 4 - 3 Ken Doherty [18]

Mark Davis [7] 4 - 3 David Gilbert [29]

Ronnie O'Sullivan [11] 4 - 1 Ian Burns [48]

John Higgins [5] 4 - 0 Luca Brecel [49]

Shaun Murphy [3] 4 - 1 Alan McManus [36]

Stuart Carrington 4 - 1 Joel Walker [62]

Fergal O'Brien [26] 4 - 1 Ben Woollaston [23]

Sam Baird [54] 4 - 1 Robert Milkins [10]

Round two:

Ken Doherty [18] 4 - 3 Daniel Wells [59]

Ian Burns [48] 4 - 1 Robbie Williams [52]

Mark Davis [7] 4 - 2 Matthew Selt [32]

David Gilbert [29] 4 - 2 Judd Trump [2]

Sam Baird [54] 4 - 1 Barry Pinches [45]

Ben Woollaston [23] 4 - 2 Gerard Greene [41]

Robert Milkins [10] 4 - 1 Marcus Campbell [19]

Joel Walker [62] 4 - 3 Tony Drago [55]

Ronnie O'Sullivan [11] 4 - 1 Michael Leslie [65]

Fergal O'Brien [26] 4 - 1 Steve Davis [37]

Mark J Williams [9] 4 - 0 Dominic Dale [14]

Luca Brecel [49] 4 - 3 Rod Lawler [43]

Stuart Carrington 4 - 2 Andrew Pagett

John Higgins [5] 4 - 2 Andrew Higginson [13]

Shaun Murphy [3] 4 - 0 Hammad Miah

Alan McManus [36] 4 - 1 Liam Highfield [51]

Round one:

Ian Burns [48] 4 - 3 Fraser Patrick

Michael Leslie [65] 4 - 3 Martin O'Donnell [58]

Barry Pinches [45] 4 - 1 Chris Norbury

David Gilbert [29] 4 - 1 Michael Georgiou (a)

Sam Baird [54] 4 - 2 Joe Steele (a)

Judd Trump [2] 4 - 0 Sanderson Lam (a)

Matthew Selt [32] 4 - 0 Salim Otti (a)

Marcus Campbell [19] 4 - 3 Elliot Slessor

Ken Doherty [18] 4 - 3 Oliver Lines (a)

Mark Davis [7] 4 - 0 Dimitar Mehandjiiski (a)

Robbie Williams [52] 4 - 0 Filipe Cardoso (a)

Ronnie O'Sullivan [11] 4 - 0 Michael Wild (a)

Robert Milkins [10] 4 - 0 Kashif Khan (a)

Fergal O'Brien [26] 4 - 1 Allan Taylor

Dominic Dale [14] 4 - 2 Lee Page

Daniel Wells [59] 4 - 1 Matthew Day (a)

Mark J Williams [9] 4 - 1 Vinnie Calabrese

Steve Davis [37] 4 - 0 Ivelin Boyanov (a)

Hammad Miah 4 - 2 Paul S Davison [50]

John Higgins [5] 4 - 0 Bratislav Krustev (a)

Rod Lawler [43] 4 - 0 Mark Vincent (a)

Andrew Higginson [13] 4 - 0 Toma Cristian Marinescu (a)

Stuart Carrington 4 - 1 Peter Lines [42]

Tony Drago [55] 4 - 2 Darren Cook (a)

Andrew Pagett 4 - 0 Jimmy White [40] h2h

Liam Highfield [51] 4 - 0 Nikolai Hristov (a)

Luca Brecel [49] 4 - 0 Hans Blanckaert (a)

Shaun Murphy [3] 4 - 0 Georgi Velichkov (a)

Joel Walker [62] 4 - 0 Ulian Serbeski (a)

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