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Ronnie Wood opens pop-up shop featuring his paintings

The legendary guitarist, 74, unveiled the shop this week and said it will stay open until July 31 at a spot on London’s fashionable Carnaby Street. He said: “The shop will feature my original artworks, along with limited editions, brand new box-sets and set lists.” 

Ronnie has been producing artwork for decades.

In 2018, he released The Rolling Stones Set Lists, a book featuring more than 100 pieces painted by him.

The opening comes just months after fans were shocked when his wife Sally, 43, revealed Ronnie’s secret cancer battle.

It was revealed in April that Ronnie had been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with small cell cancer during lockdown.

Ronnie O'Sullivan hits out at Mark Selby benefit in Shaun Murphy World Championship final

Ronnie O’Sullivan did not sit on the fence when quizzed on Mark Selby’s tactics during the 19th frame of the World Snooker Championship final against Shaun Murphy.
Murphy produced a brilliant shot where he left the cue ball sat behind the brown and Selby was snookered.

After three misses on the extended ‘spider’ and ‘swan’ rests, Selby was able to use a normal rest to get out of trouble.

O’Sullivan analysed the move for Eurosport and he could not believe that Murphy did not challenge the re-spot.

“If the white was put back where it was originally, this shot is just not possible,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport. “Because you can’t hit enough of the white, and if you did, you would probably miscue and the white would go towards the yellow.

“So if this shot was playable in the first place, he would have done. But even still, even when the white has moved [from the re-spot] quite considerably, really, he still couldn’t hit enough of the white to come that side of the red.

“So that shot was just never possible. You try not to blame the players, but in that situation, if the player has got the spider out originally and then he is using the rest, surely they should be able to use the technology to see the balls are not right.

“Because if they were right, you [Selby] would still have the spider in your hands. So maybe they should have used the technology to get it right.

“Personally, if I was playing and I was Shaun, I would have been out of my chair and I would have asked to see a freeze frame to say that shot was not on in the first place.

“That’s what I would have done, but Shaun obviously did not choose to excercise that option.

“You have to blame Shaun in that situation. Selby is maybe just trying to gain a little advantage, and unless he is pulled up on it, maybe he is going to try and take that advantage.

“I know straight away, when you are cueing over with that spider, that’s the worst shot in snooker. The first two shots, he would probably do that [scuff it for a miss] 100 times out of 100.

“So if he is getting the rest out, why didn’t he do that in the first place? Now I’m thinking that the balls must be in the wrong position.

“Let’s get it right, because that ain’t right. To me, the first decision would always be the rest over the spider [before the re-spot], no question about that.”

Fellow Eurosport expert Neal Foulds added: “Listen, you don’t want to get too involved in blaming players, but the balls were not put back correctly, we know that because we saw how they were put back and it was not correct, so the referee, the marker and the player at the table really have the responsibility.

“Murphy didn’t leave his chair; he will always take it on trust from the other player, but I’m a little surprised that happened the way it did because the shot was not on that he ended up playing.”

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Ronnie O'Sullivan sets Stephen Hendry World Championship target – 'Another five years'

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Ronnie O’Sullivan reckons he has five years left in him to match Stephen Hendry’s tally of seven World Snooker Championship victories, after his bid to draw level with the great Scot ended on Friday night.

The 45-year-old lost 13-12 to Anthony McGill in the second round in Sheffield as his defence of his Crucible crown ended early.

The Rocket’s exit ended a miserable season in which O’Sullivan lost five straight ranking finals at the Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open, Welsh Open, Players Championship and Tour Championship.

O’Sullivan failed to win a tournament in a season for the first time since 1995-96 after his first ever career defeat to McGill.

The six-time world champion was not the favourite, with world No 1 Judd Trump instead enjoying that status, but was still expected to go deep into this year’s World Championship.

But as he’s left to reel from his loss, which came despite him coming back from 10-5 down to lead 11-10 and then 12-11, O’Sullivan insists he has five years to match Hendry.

The 52-year-old Scot returned to professional snooker this year and is hoping to be among the 32 to play in the World Championship proper next season after losing to Xu Is in the second round of qualifying earlier in April.

Hendry is the only player of all time with more Crucible triumphs than O’Sullivan and the Essex potter has set a five-year timeline to catch up with The Golden Boy.

“I have probably got another five years to equal Stephen,” said O’Sullivan after losing to McGill.

“The way I look after myself, the way I play, I look around and there are some decent players, some very good players.”

O’Sullivan says he’s not putting too much pressure on himself to win a seventh World Championship though.

He added: “I suppose I could get it right maybe one more time. It’s probably the only record I haven’t got so I won’t be too hard on myself.

“It’s impossible,” Bingtao declared after his first round win over Martin Gould. “It’s very difficult and I have little chance.

“I’m working hard every day from this match but it’s impossible – 17 days [at the Crucible] is a long time.

“Any Chinese player can win the title – not just me or Ding [Junhui]. But [Ding] has the best chance.

“Winning the Masters has given me very big confidence. It changed my life but every day is practice, practice for the World Championship.”

Bingtao faces Shaun Murphy in the second round of World Championship and goes into Sunday afternoon trailing the Englishman 6-2.

Ronnie O'Sullivan inspired by Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as he explains retirement plan

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Ronnie O’Sullivan insists he has “five or 10” years left in snooker and will take inspiration from fellow sporting greats Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as he enters the twilight years of his career, saying he simply wants to enjoy the sport as much as he possibly can before he hangs up his cue.

The world No 2 was dealt more disappointment on Friday as he crashed out of the World Snooker Championship in the second round with a 13-12 loss to Anthony McGill.

The Rocket had mounted a comeback to lead 12-11 after being 10-5 down but lost the final two frames as his Scottish opponent managed breaks of 136 and 85.

That means defending world champion O’Sullivan’s bid to match Stephen Hendry’s all-time record of seven Crucible titles will have to wait at least another 12 months.

Defeat to McGill ended a difficult year for O’Sullivan, in which he lost five straight finals having failed to add to his title haul since winning the World Championship last season.

And the 45-year-old admitted after losing to McGill that he has struggled to enjoy his snooker “for quite a while” amid his disappointment at the table.

But although he is already regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, O’Sullivan has plans to play on the World Snooker Tour for another five years, and may stay on the circuit for as long as another decade.

O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “Can I still win here? Yeah, yeah. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t think so. I have to stay in a good frame of mind, turn up. I need to play two good weeks of the year and everyone on my side of the fence is happy.

“It is whether I want it bad or not. I just need to pitch up and play. It’s like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, probably not the best player on the circuit, probably don’t have the desire that they had when they were younger or what the younger guys have around them. 

“It’s like Federer if he never won another match or Tiger Woods, just seeing them on the start line is enough.  I suppose still carry that position in snooker until someone comes along and beats my records and claim that mantle. 

“I think I have pretty much got that for the next 10-15 years. I just have to use that to my advantage and not get too down on myself, if I can. It’s hard because I would have liked to have another match here but it’s not meant to be.

“I don’t have anything to prove – if anything, I’ve set the yardstick for everyone else to try and catch, and I’m still playing. It’s not a bad situation to be in.

“There are some very, very good players about – I could get it right maybe one more time but [World Championship titles] is probably the only record I haven’t got.

“The only important thing for me is to keep playing – it is a business and if I don’t play, part of my business probably wouldn’t do well. I’ve got a lot of things happening and they happen much better if I play.

“I’ve just got to try and find some enjoyment if I can – that’s the only thing I struggle with, accepting that I cant play well all the time, because it’s such a nice feeling when you do.

“I’m going to play for five years because I like the lifestyle, I’ve got great relationships with my sponsors and I’d be crazy not to.

“Everything I do compliments each other – I’ve got it as good as I’ve ever got it. It’s just about trying to enjoy the game and not crucify myself. I was able to do that today, which was great.

“Hopefully I’m just able to enjoy the game – it doesn’t really matter to me whether I win or lose. I see my career and myself as a business – winning and losing. I’m quite privileged – I have to be grateful for what I’ve got and where I am.”

Discussing his plans for the 2021-22 snooker season, which will begin in the autumn of this year, O’Sullivan insists he’d love to get back out to the Far East.

“It depends on the schedule,” he said when asked how many tournaments he will play in next year.

“I’d like to play more in China because my longevity and what I do behind snooker lies in China. They get priority, they get the nod. As the situation is, who knows when I will be going back there.

“I’m trying to get what’s right for me for now, the future and the next 10 to 15 years. China is the place to be for me really, the sooner I can get out there the better.

“If they get you travelling round the world four times in three weeks then obviously I’ll have to do that in China and miss a few here.

“If the schedule is put together sensibly I can play there and play here. My life comes first and I’ll look at the schedule and give every promoter the option to work with me.

“I’ll pick and choose whatever tournament works for me. It’s all details and just sorting things out with people.”

Watch the World Snooker Championship live on Eurosport and Eurosport app from April 17- May 3

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes classy admission after Stephen Hendry World Championship bid dies

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Ronnie O’Sullivan admitted that Anthony McGill was the deserving winner and said that the snooker gods “have done the right thing” after he saw his bid to match Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible wins made to wait at least another 12 months on Friday night.

The Rocket was dumped out of the World Snooker Championship after just two matches as the defending champion suffered a 13-12 loss, meaning he remains one triumph behind Hendry.

Having led 4-1, O’Sullivan then found himself 10-5 down after the afternoon as McGill found his rhythm and the world No 2 entered the evening session trailing by four frames.

But he rattled off six straight frames to take the lead and put the pressure on McGill, who responded at 12-11 with a stunning break of 136 – his third century of the match – to force a decider.

And after O’Sullivan missed a red in the final frame following a break of 42, the world No 16 made him pay with an 85 that sees him into the third round to face either Stuart Bingham or Jamie Jones.

McGill devastatingly lost 17-16 to Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals of this season-ending tournament last year and is bidding to better that performance after his first ever career victory over 45-year-old O’Sullivan.

But there was no soreness from the six-time world champion post-match as he gave Scotland’s McGill credit for an excellent victory in Sheffield.

O’Sullivan, who has lost all of his five ranking finals since winning the World Championship last year, told BBC Sport: “That match he lost in the semi-finals last year, he didn’t lose it because he bottled it, he was just unlucky. He deserved his victory.

“I think any snooker player watching that last year can’t begrudge Anthony McGill a world title after that.

“It’s hard to lift yourself up after something like that but I thought he handled himself fantastically well last year. Anybody else I’d probably have really been a bit sore but I think the snooker gods have done the right thing.

“I’ll lick my wounds and come back again. It’s just one of them things.”

Speaking about his warm exchange of words with McGill after his defeat was confirmed, O’Sullivan added: “You have to [be respectful]. What can you do? It’s over. The reality is I’m out of the tournament and he’s still in.

“You’ve got to wish the man the best of luck. It’d be nice to see him go on and have a good run.

McGill said of his victory: “I played so well this morning and Ronnie just played like Ronnie tonight, he played so good. I just didn’t quite step up or reply to him. He was sort of running away with it.

“I managed to flick a frame somehow to go 11 each and that stopped the rot and I’ve finished the last two frames. I missed an easy red in the second or third frame of the session tonight, I should pot it with my eyes closed and I missed it.

“After that I just couldn’t get an easy chance, Ronnie’s safety was fantastic. His safety was so good. Ronnie gave me two easy starters for the final two breaks and I held myself together well. I’m pleased about that.

“I haven’t beat him before but to be honest I can’t even remember the last time I played him. They were all early in my career. I feel like I’m a better player than when I was the times I played him before.

“I felt as though I had half a chance in the match at the start. Almost threw it away but I’m delighted to get it over the line.”

World Snooker Championship 2021 results LIVE: Ronnie O'Sullivan in action on day one

The 2021 World Snooker Championship takes place in the next few weeks as Ronnie O’Sullivan looks to defend his crown. The tournament is at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from 17 April to 3 May.

World Snooker Championship 2021 LIVE

First round (best of 19 frames)

Saturday, 17 April

14:30

LIVE: Stephen Maguire 4-5 Jamie Jones

Neil Robertson 6-3 Liang Wenbo

19:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Mark Joyce

Yan Bingtao 4-4 Martin Gould

World Snooker Championship 2021 schedule

Sunday, 18 April

10:00

Anthony McGill v Ricky Walden

Yan Bingtao v Martin Gould

14:30

John Higgins v Tian Pengfei

David Gilbert v Chris Wakelin

19:00

Stephen Maguire v Jamie Jones

Neil Robertson v Liang Wenbo

Monday, 19 April

10:00

Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham

Kyren Wilson v Gary Wilson

14:30

John Higgins v Tian Pengfei

Jack Lisowski v Ali Carter

19:00

Anthony McGill v Ricky Walden

Kyren Wilson v Gary Wilson

Tuesday, 20 April

10:00

Mark Allen v Lyu Haotian

Jack Lisowski v Ali Carter

14:30

Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham

Judd Trump v Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Allen v Lyu Haotian

Barry Hawkins v Matthew Selt

Wednesday, 21 April

10:00

Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

Shaun Murphy v Mark Davis

14:30

Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

Judd Trump v Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

Barry Hawkins v Matthew Selt

Thursday, 22 April

13:00

Shaun Murphy v Mark Davis

19:00

Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

Second round (best of 25 frames)

Thursday, 22 April

13:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

19:00

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

Friday, 23 April

10:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

14:30

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

19:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

Saturday, 24 April

10:00

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

14:30

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

19:00

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

Sunday, 25 April

10:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

14:30

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

19:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

Monday, 26 April

13:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames)

Matches to played 27-28 April

Semi-finals (best of 33 frames)

Matches to played 29 April – 1 May

Final (best of 35 frames)

Match to be played across four sessions 2-3 May

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has World Snooker Championship warning for rivals after retirement tease

Ronnie O’Sullivan has warned his World Championship rivals that his cue is “great” despite recent concerns at the Tour Championship. The 45-year-old, the reigning world champion after triumphing at the Crucible for a sixth time in 2020, has lost five straight finals this year.
The Tour Championship was the latest defeat as he lost 10-4 to Neil Robertson, which followed on from disappointment at the Players Championship, Welsh Open, Scottish Open and the Northern Ireland Open.

Before reaching the final and facing Robertson, O’Sullivan complained of problems with his cue in a first round victory over John Higgins, who beat the Essex potter in the Players Championship finale.

O’Sullivan explained after beating Higgins: “I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with my cue, I put it in the menders a few days ago and got it back just before that best of three tournament we played [WST Pro Series] and it was no good

“I sent it back and it made it worse, it’s kind of irretrievable now so I’ve got to get myself a new cue. It’s a nightmare really.”

But ‘The Rocket’ is now happy with the state of his equipment a few weeks on, with the Worlds getting underway in less than a fortnight in Sheffield.

Speaking on a live stream on his official Facebook page, O’Sullivan said: “The cue’s great. John and Paul have done a great job on it.

“I’ve managed to find a spare cue as well so next time my tip goes ‘see you later’ I’ve got a cue I can just whip out and play with. I’m really excited about that.”

Asked if there’s any rule or reason he wouldn’t take two cues out for a match, O’Sullivan added: “There’s no reason. You’d just be confusing yourself in many ways, ‘I like that one, I like that one, which one should I use?’

“Then you’re giving yourself a choice to make. With just the one cue, you just get on with it.

“I’d probably never take two cues to a tournament unless it was a tournament I don’t really care much about, which is quite a few of them.

“When I say I don’t care about them I mean I use them for practice to see where my game’s at. If your game is alright, you go, ‘OK that’s enough at this tournament, I’ve got my eye on the one round the corner.’

“I might take it to a tournament and play one match with one cue, one match with another. I’ve done everything else! I’ve won a tournament left-handed, I’ve done all sorts.

“I’ve done everything that probably no-one else has done. I’ll definitely play a couple of frames with one cue and the others with another, just for the cheek of it.

“It’s a bit like the 147, ‘what’s the prize after two reds?’ Most people think you’re crazy but then when you pull it off they go, ‘Maybe you’re not so crazy after all.”

O’Sullivan sparked fears he might retire when he told fans to join him on a special live stream on his Facebook page at 3pm on Tuesday – only to announce he has become a brand champion with ROKiT and wants to be known as Ronnie ‘The ROKiT’ O’Sullivan.

He declared: “I’m taking retirement from my name. It’s not Ronnie O’Sullivan. It’s Ronnie the ROKiT. Not snooker, I’m not retiring from snooker! Everyone can chill out, calm down, take it easy. I’m still easy, potting some balls.”

“I’ve been working with Rokit since 2013. To work with JK [ROKiT co-founder and chairman Jonathan Kendrick] and his team of people is fantastic. I’ve always wondered why we didn’t have a lifetime partnership, with the nickname and his company name, it’s a no brainer.

“Great to start that relationship up and it’s going to be a fantastic year. Hopefully many more years to come. We’ve got loads of great things to do.

“I’ve done a bit of speedy stuff in the car, racing and all that, I said to JK, ‘I want to get in the car and get racing.’ He said: ‘Brilliant!’

“There’s a crossover between what I enjoy, what JK enjoys and what Rokit as a brand like to be involved in. We’re all passionate about the same sort of things.”

And discussing his plans going forward, O’Sullivan – who has been a snooker professional since 1992 – added: “This year I’ve been able to play a bit more because we weren’t forced to travel round the globe five times in a month. I just can’t do that.

“I can’t enjoy my life or function properly if I’m flying around. It all depends how the schedule comes out.

“If it’s sensible I’ll play more, if it’s not I’ll play less and will just be on the road doing a few more exhibitions while them boys are out in Gibraltar grafting away.

“For everything I don’t do, there’s an opportunity in there to do something else. One million per cent [I will fulfil the cancelled exhibitions]. I’m super excited to get back.

“For me it’s about going back to the grassroots. That’s why I love the exhibitions. I grew up in snooker clubs. We get the chance to go around and play in front of an intimate crowd.

“We always have a great time. The fans enjoy it. I’ve told Jase [Jason Francis, head of Premier Stage Productions who created Snooker Legends] if he wants another 10 more years out of me, he’s got to keep me fit and well!”

Tour Championship snooker 2021 LIVE results: Ronnie O'Sullivan leads John Higgins 5-3

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Ronnie O’Sullivan will struggle if John Higgins can replicate his PLayers’ Championship form, according to Stephen Hendry.

“If the same Higgins as the one who won Players [Championship] a couple of weeks ago turns up tomorrow there’s only 1 winner,” Hendry.

O’Sullivan admitted after that meeting he had no chance to beat his longtime rival.

“John was just unbelievable. John was solid, scored well today and was just too good,” the Rocket said.

“I knew I had to play well today and maybe I put a little bit of pressure on myself thinking I had to play as well as I could to have a chance.

“Once you don’t punish John when he’s playing as well as he is, you do a lot of sitting in your chair and there’s not a lot you can do sometimes when someone’s as good as John.

“He’s tying you up in knots, making 70s, 80s, 90s, 100s, you just have to sit it out and wait for an early night.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan farts while potting black as WST Pro Series clash descends into farce

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Tom Ford were both already eliminated from their group at the WST Pro Series yesterday when they met in the final dead rubber fixture. O’Sullivan in particular did not take the showdown seriously and was in hysterics during moments of the match.
The Rocket was one of the favourites to progress to the last 32 but he had a day to forget in Milton Keynes.

O’Sullivan beat Jamie Wilson in his opening match but it was all down hill from there, losing to Ben Hancorn, David Lilley, Chen Zifan and Lu Haotian.

Sandwiched in between those defeats was a win over Mark Joyce – a match in which O’Sullivan was docked a frame.

The six-time world champion turned up late so had to start 1-0 down. He then rattled through two frames in 14 minutes to secure the victory.

It eventually came to mean nothing as O’Sullivan slumped out of the tournament with games to spare.

The 45-year-old had a bizarre final outing against Ford, which started with the pair joking about prior to the break-off.

O’Sullivan made an unusual mistake from the off as he struck the pink with his break-off to gift his opponent an immediate six-point lead via the foul.

The snooker legend’s second shot of the frame was a one handed effort as he balance the cue on the table instead of using the rest stick. Unsurprisingly, he failed to pot on that occasion.

Ford went on to sweep up the frame and more strange incidents occurred in the second.

Ford opened with a 48 break and O’Sullivan was half-heartedly looking to get back into the tie when he let out a loud fart as the black ball was rolling into the pocket.

O’Sullivan, who averaged a ridiculous 11.1 seconds per shot, could not contain his laughter and he moved around the table continuing to pot.

He could be heard saying “Oh dear” to his opponent after letting out the ripper.

Meanwhile, after the tournament O’Sullivan explained why he was punished for turning up late against Joyce.

“Playing seven matches in a day, I just lost all track of time and that is why I was late for the Mark Joyce match,” he said.

“I got it all wrong, and was very confused! But it was alright as an event, even if I got pumped a few times.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan docked frame before crashing out of WST Pro Series on day to forget

Ronnie O’Sullivan had a day to forget in Milton Keynes as he was dumped out of the WST Pro Series after suffering five defeats in seven matches. The Rocket was also docked a frame for turning up late to his clash with Mark Joyce.
O’Sullivan headlined Group I and was expected to cruise through to the last 32 just like Mark Selby did the previous day.

The quick-fire snooker event is a best-of-three frame competition in the early stages so participants have seven mini matches to try and progress from their group.

The top two from each group go through to the knockout stages but O’Sullivan will not be joining many of his peers.

The 45-year-old got off to a decent start as he beat Jamie Wilson 2-0.

However, he then suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to World No 120 Ben Hancorn, despite making a superb 141 break.

David Lilley and Chen Zifan compounded O’Sullivan to his second and third defeats of the day before he was docked a frame against Joyce.

The six-time world champion turned up late for his match so had to start the tie 1-0 behind.

That seemed to fire up the Rocket and he won back-to-back frames in just 14 minutes to notch his second win.

Lu Haotian beat O’Sullivan in the following game to confirm that the snooker legend could not make it to the knockout stage.

Tom Ford compounded O’Sullivan’s misery by inflicting yet another defeat in the final match of the day.

On Sunday Mark Selby detailed how strange he found the WST Pro Series.

“Best of three is cut-throat, anybody can go through,” said Selby.

“To finish top of the group is pleasing. More pleasing that I felt like I played well today. I scored ok when I got my chances, I had a couple of 140 breaks. That was the main thing for me, to find a bit of form.

“It’s the same for everyone and it is nice to get through to the next group.”