|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 17 April-3 Might|
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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 shocking fightback to win 13-12.
The reigning champion was outclassed within the morning, Scotland’s world quantity 16 profitable six of the eight frames.
O’Sullivan rattled off 5 frames in a row to guide 11-10 and in addition led 12-11.
However McGill’s gorgeous break of 136 pressured a decider, which he took after O’Sullivan missed a easy purple.
McGill informed BBC Sport: “I am delighted. I performed so effectively this morning and Ronnie simply performed like Ronnie tonight and I did not step up.
“I needed to wipe the slate clear at 10-10 and I managed to cease the rot to get again to 11 every.
“It is one in every of my greatest wins. There isn’t any doubt about that. It is an important achievement to beat Ronnie, however I need to go on and win the following match as effectively.”
O’Sullivan mentioned McGill deserved his victory, including: “He was unfortunate to lose within the semi-finals final 12 months and if I had misplaced to anyone else I might be a bit sore however the snooker gods did the proper factor at present. I’ve to lick my wounds and are available again once more.
“I simply need to get pleasure from my snooker as a result of I have not actually been taking part in effectively and I discover it exhausting to get pleasure from it if I am not taking part in effectively and cueing effectively.
“I’m happy I used to be in a position to focus and compete. However you possibly can’t pot something and it wasn’t meant to be.”
McGill resists fast 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 12 months, 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 possibilities 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 following three, rattling in scores of 105 and 56, to make sure he saved a four-frame benefit.
Nevertheless, issues fell into place for the Englishman when play resumed in entrance of greater than 200 followers on their aspect of the two-table arrange.
He seemed set to finish 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 way in which to profitable the primary 5 frames just for McGill to rediscover his contact within the closing phases.
His victory units up a quarter-final assembly with both 2015 champion Stuart Bingham or Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones.
Hendry nonetheless leads the way in which
Defeat means six-time champion O’Sullivan nonetheless wants yet another Crucible title to match Stephen Hendry’s modern-era document of seven.
He additionally missed the prospect to maneuver one forward of Hendry’s document 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.