O'Sullivan Suffers Greatest Shock In Crucible History

Martin Green

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019 7:49 PM UTC

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan crashed out of the World Championship after suffering a 10-8 defeat against unheralded amateur James Cahill today.

<p>It was the biggest shock in Crucible history as <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/ronnie-o-sullivan-probably-the-best-snooker-player-in-the-history/89668/" target="_blank" title="Ronnie O'Sullivan">O’Sullivan</a> was the 1/50 pre-match favourite to vanquish Cahill, the first amateur to ever qualify for the event. He trailed 5-4 overnight, but he was expected to turn things around with relative ease this morning. Yet O’Sullivan looked jaded throughout and admitted he was “struggling to stay awake” during the match, sparking fresh concerns about the state of his mental health.</p><p>Steve Davis, who won the tournament six times during his career, said it looked as though O’Sullivan wanted to lose and played like he did not want to be there. “We always think Ronnie O'Sullivan is super human and doesn't suffer with nerves, but if you are going to suffer with nerves the Crucible is where it is going to happen,” he added. “The enormity of the World Championships weighs heavy on him.”</p><p>The result has blown the World Championship wide open and world number four Neil Robertson is now the favourite for glory. He is priced at 11/4 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to go on and win the tournament, but he has a tricky match against former world champion Shaun Murphy to navigate on Thursday. Mark Selby is now the 11/2 second favourite and the odds on Kyren Wilson and John Higgins have dropped to 12/1.</p>
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