Ronnie O’Sullivan suffers shock first-round defeat at World Snooker Championship against amateur James Cahill


World primary Ronnie O’Sullivan has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship within the first spherical by beginner participant James Cahill, struggling a spectacular 10-Eight defeat in one among sport’s best upsets.

Cahill took a 5-Four lead into Monday’s early session however instantly noticed his benefit whittled away as O’Sullivan – sporting a brand new shaved haircut since Monday’s motion – opened up with a break of 97 to make it 5-5 within the race to 10 frames.

However 23-year-old Cahill opened up a two-frame benefit after O’Sullivan wasted possibilities to surge forward, and that shortly grew to become three as O’Sullivan’s error-strewn show proved clear proof that he was off his recreation and battling the first-round encounter.

O’Sullivan has beforehand complained of affected by insomnia and did look drained as he sat in his chair between frames.

Nonetheless, the five-time world champion produced a break of 89, which solely ended when he referred to as a foul on himself in potting a pink, to get again on degree phrases at 8-8.

O’Sullivan suffered an upset first-round defeat on the World Championship in opposition to beginner Cahill (PA)

Cahill celebrates his victory over O’Sullivan on the World Snooker Championship (PA)

O’Sullivan regarded on track to arrange a final-frame decider solely to inadvertently pot a pink as he broke open the pack from the blue. That gifted Cahill the prospect to assert the largest win of his profession and he held his nerve beautifully with a break of 53 to win 10-8.


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