Five-times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship by amateur James Cahill in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history.
The unranked debutant Cahill, who is the first amateur to play at the Crucible, beat O’Sullivan 10-8 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Tuesday to advance to the second round at the expense of the world No 1.
“I could barely stand up at the end,” Cahill told BBC after his historic win. “I scored a good pressure 70 to go 6-5 up and after that I felt like he was the one under pressure. He didn’t want to lose to me.
O’Sullivan, who seemed to be rushing through his game which led to errors, cited illness as the reason for his first round exit.
“I haven’t felt great for a few weeks. All my limbs feel really heavy,” O’Sullivan told reporters. “I feel absolutely shattered and drained, I was struggling to stay awake.