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Ronnie O'Sullivan KO'd In Biggest Ever Upset At The World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan KO'd In Biggest Ever Upset At The World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship by amateur player James Cahill.

The 23-year-old, who was made his debut at the tournament, beat O'Sullivan 10-8 to book a place in the second round.

It is the first time that O'Sullivan - a five-time world champion - has lost in the first round at Crucible since 2003.

Cahill led 5-4 overnight and 8-5 at the mid-session interval. O'Sullivan then roared back to win the next three frames and level the match at 8-8.

In the 17th, O'Sullivan looked as though he was about to take the lead. However, he missed an easy and crucial pink to allowed Cahill to make the steal.

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In the deciding frame, O'Sullivan also looked to be in control but then potted a red along with the blue. That chance allowed Cahill to take the frame and the match.

Cahill, who hails from Blackpool, won three qualifiers to become the first amateur player to appear at the World Championship.

See Also: Ronnie O'Sullivan Has Reason For Poor Showing At World Championship

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