|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 17 April-3 May|
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Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes of a record-equalling seventh Crucible title led to spherical two as Scotland’s Anthony McGill resisted a surprising fightback to win 13-12.
The reigning champion was outclassed within the morning, Scotland’s world quantity 16 successful six of the eight frames.
O’Sullivan rattled off 5 frames in a row to lead 11-10 and in addition led 12-11.
But McGill’s beautiful break of 136 compelled a decider, which he took after O’Sullivan missed a easy purple.
McGill instructed BBC Sport: “I’m delighted. I played so well this morning and Ronnie just played like Ronnie tonight and I didn’t step up.
“I had to wipe the slate clear at 10-10 and I managed to cease the rot to get again to 11 every.
“It’s one of my best wins. There’s no doubt about that. It’s a great achievement to beat Ronnie, but I want to go on and win the next match as well.”
O’Sullivan stated McGill deserved his victory, including: “He was unlucky to lose in the semi-finals last year and if I had lost to anybody else I would be a bit sore but the snooker gods did the right thing today. I have to lick my wounds and come back again.
“I simply need to get pleasure from my snooker as a result of I have never actually been taking part in nicely and I discover it onerous to get pleasure from it if I’m not taking part in nicely and cueing nicely.
“I am pleased I was able to focus and compete. But you can’t pot anything and it wasn’t meant to be.”
McGill resists speedy Rocket comeback
McGill, 30, had performed close to flawless snooker as breaks of 71, 126 and 89 helped him win 4 consecutive frames within the morning session for an 8-4 lead.
Two-time rating occasion winner McGill repeated the shape that noticed him attain the Crucible semi-finals final yr, dominating the world quantity two, who nodded approvingly at his opponent’s high quality and composure.
The ruthless Glaswegian was within the temper to gobble up the probabilities O’Sullivan’s all-out attacking strategy left.
O’Sullivan, 45, stopped a seven-frame burst with a break of 92 to get again to 8-5, however McGill took two of the subsequent three, rattling in scores of 105 and 56, to guarantee he saved a four-frame benefit.
However, issues fell into place for the Englishman when play resumed in entrance of greater than 200 followers on their facet of the two-table arrange.
He appeared set to full his comeback from 10-6 which might have been one of the best since Neil Robertson overturned an 11-5 deficit to beat Martin Gould in 2010.
Breaks of 71, 97, 73 set him on the best way to successful the primary 5 frames just for McGill to rediscover his contact within the closing levels.
His victory units up a quarter-final assembly with both 2015 champion Stuart Bingham or Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones.
Hendry nonetheless leads the best way
Defeat means six-time champion O’Sullivan nonetheless wants yet another Crucible title to match Stephen Hendry’s modern-era report of seven.
He additionally missed the prospect to transfer one forward of Hendry’s report of 20 quarter-final appearances.
And by lacking out on the £50,000 reward for reaching the final eight, O’Sullivan additionally missed out on going previous a complete of £3million in earnings from the World Championship.
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