Snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan fell behind to James Cahill
in the first round of the World Championship on Monday as the amateur
threatened one of the great upsets in the sport’s history.
Cahill, the first amateur to play in the tournament, led
five-times world champion O’Sullivan 5-4 at the halfway stage of their
first-round match at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in northern England.
The match will resume on Tuesday at 11:00 SAST, with world
number one O’Sullivan looking to improve on his below-standard display in the
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Other results from the 2019 World Snooker championships
John Higgins, bidding for a fifth world title came through
10-7 against Mark Davis with the help of breaks of 100, 135 and 132.
Earlier, three-time champion Mark Selby rallied from 5-1
down against China’s Zhao Xintong to end the session 5-3 behind.
The Englishman is looking to end a slump that saw him make
first-round exits at both last year’s World Championship and this season’s UK
Championship as well as other tournaments, including last month’s Players
Such problems were far from the mind of Selby’s compatriot
Shaun Murphy, who thrashed Chinese teenager Luo Honghao 10-0.
Luo’s 89 points saw him take the unwanted record for fewest
points in the modern-day history of the World Championship off the hands of
England’s Danny ‘The Dustman’ Fowler, who managed 191 in a 10-1 loss to Stephen
Hendry in a first-round clash in 1993.
Murphy’s whitewash of Luo was the first at the Crucible
since John Parrott beat Australia’s Eddie Charlton 10-0 in 1992.
Murphy now faces Australia’s Neil Robertson, who only
dropped a single frame in a 10-1 first-round win.
“After the season I have had, never in my wildest
dreams did I think I could come here and win 10-0,” Murphy told World
“Going out this morning, it was tough to try to put
that potential 10-0 to the back of my mind and try to play the right
Meanwhile Luo vowed to return a better player for his
chastening loss, saying: “I was very nervous. I’ve never felt like this
before because the Crucible is the dream for every player. It is amazing to get
“I didn’t feel like I was playing a match. I was
enjoying the place. After this time I want to improve myself, my technique and