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Ronnie O’Sullivan reacts to World Snooker Championship exit after second round defeat to Anthony McGill


O’Sullivan is out at the second round (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan narrowly failed to complete a dramatic comeback against Anthony McGill as he was knocked out of the World Snooker Championship at the second round of Friday.

The defending champion had it all to do after a poor showing in the morning session in which he found himself 10-5 down.

But O’Sullivan fought back to make it 12-11, just one frame from victory, before McGill levelled up it up and then went on to knock his iconic opponent out with a 13-12 victory.

McGill edged the thriller at the Crucible (Picture: Getty Images)

After making it to the semis last year, where he was beaten by Kyren Wilson, McGill has set up a meeting with Stuart Bingham or Jamie Jones in the third round.

Speaking to BBC Sport post-match, O’Sullivan admitted he wants to focus on enjoying his snooker again.

‘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,’ O’Sullivan said.

‘I have to lick my wounds and come back again.

‘I just want to enjoy my snooker because I haven’t really been playing well and I find it hard to enjoy it if I’m not playing well and cueing well.

‘I am pleased I was able to focus and compete. But you can’t pot anything and it wasn’t meant to be.’

McGill added: ‘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 clean at 10-10 and I managed to stop the rot at 11 each.

‘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.’

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