Ronnie O’Sullivan orders photographer to leave in British Championship defeat | Billiards


Kyren Wilson had the nerve to sink a century into the decisive frame and put an end to Ronnie O’Sullivan’s attempt to win a record eighth UK league title in York.

Wilson called up a nerveless 102 for the win after O’Sullivan, who had looked uncomfortable throughout their quarter-final clash, scooped up two frames in a row to raise the match level to 5-5.

The 45-year-old took frequent breaks throughout the match, insisting to referee Jan Verhaas that he was distracted by the crowd’s movements during the breaks in the second match in the two-man arena tables.

O’Sullivan also requested that a photographer be removed from the arena floor, signaling that he did not have a tripod. Then he told Eurosport: “I said that unless you have a tripod they are not welcome. That’s not a lot to ask, if you’re a cameraman it should be standard stuff to carry around, so maybe he should go to the pro and get his kit set right.

Wilson, in search of a berth in his first UK semi-final and only a fourth win over O’Sullivan in 11 attempts, got off to a good start with breaks of 92 and 117 to establish a lead of 2 -0.

O’Sullivan staged his first sit-down event early in the fourth quarter, but that did little to dampen his momentum as he returned to polish his own century and bring the game back to the level of. 2-2.

After sharing the next two images, O’Sullivan’s frustration boiled again at the start of the seventh, when he insisted the photographer be ejected.

Twice more, O’Sullivan returned to his place in the eighth frame, during a break in the game next door. O’Sullivan told Verhaas: “It’s the noise – I’d rather they all sit down, I’m in no rush.”

A brash safety from O’Sullivan allowed Wilson to produce a clearance of 39 and move a winning frame, but he missed his first chance to close the win after losing his position on a break of 35.

O’Sullivan duly called a 64 clearance to reduce the deficit to one frame, then forced the decider with a cool 83 clearance, punctuated by another short break as the action ebbed to the other table.

But it was Wilson who seized the opportunity, clenching his fist in the middle of his final century that sealed a clash in the last four games against Belgian Luca Brecel, who beat Anthony McGill 6-2.

Wilson said: “I’m super proud. At 5-3 things were starting to go a bit against me and it’s only human to start to think your time is up.

“I’m kinda fighting and starting to think I could’ve won this one, I let another slide against him, because I left a couple against Ronnie, so to hold on and pulling it out convincingly, there is no better feeling.

Wilson insisted he wasn’t distracted by O’Sullivan’s antics, but admitted, “I just wanted to keep going. I understand his reasoning for this. But when the crowd turned up, I jumped in and did a really good job.

Regarding interruptions, O’Sullivan said, “I prefer to just sit and wait. I told the referee, we are in no rush. I am here to play snooker and there is no time limit on the length of the match.

” That does not bother me. I play in good and bad venues, that’s how it is. I don’t even care enough to have an opinion on it. This is what it is – keep eating smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Rising star Zhao Xintong managed six images in a row to defeat Jack Lisowski 6-2 to reach the greatest semi-final of his career. The 24-year-old Chinese man, regarded by O’Sullivan and Jimmy White as the sport’s best prospect, lost 2-0 as Lisowski made an encouraging start with breaks of 79 and 63.

But Lisowski, still widely regarded as the best player to ever win a ranking event, was guilty of missing too many chances and Zhao fought back scintillatingly, with four half centuries, culminating in an 83 in the final frame. , to seal his victory.


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