Ronnie O’Sullivan noticed his hopes of a record-equalling seventh world title dashed by Scotland’s Anthony McGill on Friday evening.
The Rocket misplaced a rollercoaster Betfred World Championship thriller 13-12 on the Crucible Theatre by the hands of the Glasgow Gladiator.
Defending champion O’Sullivan had been hoping to equal legend Hendry’s haul of seven Sheffield successes set in 1999, having already claimed most of his different data, however, world No16 McGill grew to become the primary man into the quarter-finals with an excellent show that on several events left O’Sullivan tapping the desk in appreciation.
McGill, 30, might simply have confronted O’Sullivan in the final year last, however, suffered the agony of shedding a semi-final 17-16 to a fluked inexperienced within the decider towards Kyren Wilson. However, this victory exorcised a few of these demons for world No16 McGill, who hones his expertise in a follow unit in his residence metropolis sparring with John Higgins and Stephen Maguire.
O’Sullivan has not lifted a trophy since profitable his sixth world title on the Crucible final August, having misplaced all 5 rating finals this season and now at 45 this can be the main setback to his probabilities of equalling and even beating Hendry’s most cherished document – and one he admits he could be “gutted” to lose.
McGill can begin dreaming of going one higher than the final yr and can tackle both former world champion Stuart Bingham and Jamie Jones for a spot within the semi-finals.
O’Sullivan mentioned, “The match Anthony misplaced within the semi-final final yr was unfortunate, and also you couldn’t begrudge him a world title this yr after that.
“Maybe the snooker gods leveled issues up for him a bit this yr. You might say that is one which obtained away, however, there have been six that didn’t get away.
“I have got virtually every record apart from this one of winning the world title seven times. It is frustrating, I’ll have to move on and it wasn’t meant to be.”
McGill has by no means even watched a video nasty of final yr’s horrible semi-final defeat that price him a cool £100,000, however, after a primary win over O’Sullivan on the largest stage, he’ll need to watch this match time and again.
McGill mentioned, “I performed so effectively this morning, after which Ronnie was sensible tonight, I couldn’t fairly step up till profitable the body someway to go 11-11.
“To end with 136 and 85 was nice, Ronnie left me two simple starters however I held myself collectively rather well. The six occasions I misplaced to Ronnie have been earlier in my profession, I’m a greater participant now.
“And I don’t want to win this match and lose the next one.”
O’Sullivan shocked everybody yesterday morning beginning with a lot of criticized and controversial Mark Williams-style break-off into the again of the pack of reds, however, McGill managed to sink a free one at his first try, suggesting there may be work to do on that tactic.
O’Sullivan, taking part in with a patched-up cue having had three numerous emergency repairs, continued with the following but it surely did him little good. McGill took his profitable streak in frames to seven-in-a-row by surging 8-4 forward, and solely pinching the final of the morning stored the six-time winner within the hunt at 4 behind.
But O’Sullivan’s run of six frames on the spin turned the match on its head and put him in the entrance at 11-10 earlier than McGill stopped the rot with a break of 87. McGill took it to a decider with an outstanding break of 136 and when O’Sullivan broke down on 42 he took benefit.
Stuart Bingham is aware of a bit about in search of redemption after a ban from the game – and reckons Jamie Jones has emerged from his suspension a greater participant.
Former world champion Bingham takes on Welshman Jones on Sunday for a spot in the quarter-finals. In 2017 Basildon’s Bingham, 44, was banned for 3 months for betting on snooker matches however got, here again, to win three titles together with the Masters.
Jones was suspended for 12 months from October 2018 for failing to report an unlawful strategy, and consequently, he dropped off tour earlier than regaining his place simply final summertime.
World No18 Bingham, who additionally needed to qualify this yr and impressively beat Ding Junhui within the first spherical, whereas the 33-year-old Jones beat the seeded Stephen Maguire within the final 32.
“I have had a chat with him in Milton Keynes this season, there were some similar circumstances,” mentioned Bingham.
“Jamie was going by some unhealthy occasions when he was out and he’s perhaps producing higher snooker now than earlier than he obtained banned.
“To fall off the tour, undergo qualifying, and now get to the final 16 of the world championship, he has achieved effectively.
“Talking to him, what he went by, the darkish occasions, he’s displaying how sturdy a personality he’s.
“We went through some of the things he went through, like his hearing. It is hard to hear and brought back some difficult memories.”
Meanwhile, Bingham is doing his bit for a brand new snooker gown code. The former world champion is a giant fan of TikTok – the video-sharing app vastly widespread with youngsters. And Basildon’s Bingham has gone viral after performing a ‘Flip The Switch’ routine to Drake monitor ‘Nonstop’ with spouse Michelle – and turning into her garments.
World No1 Judd Trump attacked snooker bosses on the eve of the event for failing to maneuver with the occasions on gamers’ apparel, however, there may be nothing stuffy about Bingham’s hilarious movie that has already obtained virtually 150,000 views.
And even stepdaughter Tegan, son Shae, and daughter Marnie Rose gave it the thumbs-up.
Bingham added, “It began off as a drunken lockdown evening. We began having several drinks, and went on TikTok, having a little bit of amusement.
“I had enjoyable with the missus and we obtained a bit carried away – me placing her garments on!
“It was a bottle of purple by the day and rum and coke at evening. Then we went by a number of the movies and we determined to do that.
“Michelle had my garments on, with a swimming hat on, too, wanting bald. I take into consideration that 144,000 individuals have seen it.
“It is a little bit of humor, displaying our characters, and let everybody have amusing. The children went together with it.
“But I am not doing a Mark Williams type bet, and promising to wear a little black dress if I win the world title.”