World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan knocked out by Anthony McGill in thrilling Crucible decider

Conference location: Crucible Theater, Sheffield Events: April 17th – May 3rd
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Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes for a record-breaking seventh Crucible title ended on round two when Scot Anthony McGill resisted a staggering setback and won 13-12.

The reigning champion was outdone in the morning, with Scotland’s number 16 winning six of the eight frames.

O’Sullivan rattled off five frames in a row to lead 11-10 and also led 12-11.

But McGill’s stunning break from 136 forced a decision he made after O’Sullivan missed a simple red.

McGill told BBC Sport: “I’m thrilled. I played so well this morning and Ronnie just played like Ronnie tonight and I didn’t get promoted.”

“I had to wipe the slate clean by 10-10am and managed to stop the rot to get back to 11am.

“It’s one of my best wins. There’s no doubt about it. It’s a great achievement to beat Ronnie, but I want to win the next game too.”

O’Sullivan said McGill deserved his win, adding, “He was unlucky to lose in the semifinals last year and if I lost to anyone I would be a little sore, but the snooker gods did the right thing today . I have.” Lick my wounds and come back.

“I just want to enjoy my snooker because I haven’t played really well and I have a hard time enjoying it if I don’t and don’t play well.

“I’m glad I was able to concentrate and keep up. But you can’t do anything and it wasn’t meant to be.”

McGill opposes Rocket’s quick comeback

Anthony McGill reached the semifinals last season and lost to Kyren Wilson, who was beaten in the final by Ronnie O’Sullivan

The 30-year-old McGill had played snooker almost flawlessly when the breaks of 71, 126 and 89 in the morning session gave him four consecutive frames with an 8-4 lead.

The two-time ranking event winner McGill repeated the form in which he reached the Crucible semi-finals last year and dominated the world number two, who nodded in approval at the quality and serenity of his opponent.

The unscrupulous Glaswegian was in the mood to devour the chances that O’Sullivan’s offensive approach still had.

45-year-old O’Sullivan stopped a seven-frame burst with a break of 92 to get back to 8-5, but McGill took two of the next three and rattled 105 and 56 to make sure he got a four -Frame burst retained advantage.

However, it was well received for the Englishman when the game resumed in front of more than 200 fans on the side of the two-man table.

He appeared ready to end his comeback by 10-6, which would have been the best since Neil Robertson hit an 11-5 deficit in 2010 to beat Martin Gould.

Breaks of 71, 97, 73 put him on his way to winning the first five frames just so McGill could rediscover his touch in the closing stages.

His win sets up a quarter-finals with 2015 champions Stuart Bingham or Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones.

Hendry is still leading the way

One loss means six-time champion O’Sullivan needs one more Crucible title to hit Stephen Hendry’s record of seven in modern times.

He also missed the chance to take a lead on Hendry’s record of 20 quarterfinal games.

And by missing out on the £ 50,000 reward for reaching the final eight, O’Sullivan also missed out on the total income from the World Cup totaling £ 3 million.

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