May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes for record-tying seventh Crucible title ended with Anthony McGill

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes of a record-tying seventh Crucible title ended with Anthony McGill as Scotsman resists thrilling retaliation to secure second-round victory

  • World No.16 McGill won six of eight frames in the morning session
  • O’Sullivan hit back with five frames in a row to lead 11-10 and also led 12-11
  • But McGill’s 136 break forced a decider and he kept his cool to secure the win

Anthony McGill upset defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 13-12 in the second round of the World Championships on Friday, denying him a chance to win a record-tying seventh Crucible title.

World No.16 McGill, a semi-finalist losing to the Sheffield, England venue in 2020, got off to a good start and won six of eight frames in the morning session.

He was leading 10-6 before O’Sullivan, 45, who won his sixth world title last year, roared to win five in a row and go 11-10 then 12-11.

Anthony McGill stunned defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at The Crucible on Friday

But McGill’s stunning 136 break after securing a safety error from world number two O’Sullivan forced a decision maker and the Scotsman kept his cool to beat his English opponent for the first time.

“ I played so well this morning and Ronnie just played like Ronnie tonight and I didn’t intervene, but managed to stop the rot at 11 each, ” McGill told the BBC.

The 30-year-old will now play the winner of the quarter-final between Stuart Bingham and Jamie Jones.

O’Sullivan said McGill deserved to win, saying: “ He didn’t have a chance to lose in the semifinals last year and if I had lost to someone else I would hurt a little but the snooker gods did the right thing today. I have to lick my wounds and come back.