Saturday 24 February 2018

Snooker: O'Sullivan's retirement hint

Ronnie O'Sullivan's miserable run continued as he was eliminated from the China Open at the first-round stage yesterday.

For the second successive ranking tournament, the Rocket fell at the first hurdle to Ryan Day, the Welshman completing a 5-2 success that leaves world No 10 O'Sullivan without a win in a ranking event since September's World Open.

A dejected O'Sullivan said: "My form isn't great, there's nothing I can do but keep trying. I can't put my finger on why, but it's very frustrating and no fun for me.

"I don't know how much more I can take playing like that. I've said I would retire before but haven't, so I don't want to look silly, but I can't keep playing that way. I'm not going to say I'm retiring but you never know, it's not looking good."

World No 4 Mark Selby beat home wildcard Tian Pengfei 5-3 and Robert Milkins awaits him after also defeating Jamie Cope 5-3.

John Higgins battled past Nigel Bond 5-3 and will play Ricky Walden today after the world No 15 came from 4-2 down to beat Martin Gould 5-4, with the players making three half-centuries apiece.

Irish Independent

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