Ronnie O’Sullivan hailed a ‘snooker genius’ after picking out and then potting red


Ronnie O’Sullivan has been labelled a “snooker genius” by fans after an outstanding performance in his first-round match against Thai player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at the World Championships.

The 44-year-old averaged a shot every 13.4 seconds as he took a dominant 8-1 lead, leaving him needing just two more frames to confirm a second round clash with Ding Junhui.

There was one moment in particular which fans were left in awe of when O’Sullivan pointed at the pocket he was aiming for and potted the red with ease.

“ronnie is a snooker genius best player in my view to ever pick up a snooker cue”, wrote one snooker fan.

“Ronnie was absolutely brilliant first class snooker great stuff”, added a second.

“I got my feeling back of watching the best sport ever. Ronnie making it like art!”

“Greatest player to have picked up a cue. End of.”

His session ended after just one hour and 22 minutes which means he is on course to beat the record for the fastest match at the World Championships, Shaun Murphy’s win over Luo Honghao in 149 minutes at last year’s competition.



Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round of this year’s World Snooker Championship
Ronnie O’Sullivan is taking on Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round of this year’s World Snooker Championship

In order to get the record, O’Sullivan will need to win the next two frames in under 27 minutes.

Speaking after the session, O’Sullivan said: “In a way no crowds has helped getting in and out of the venue, that has been a lot less hectic.

“I had voiced concerns about the crowd, but this isn’t point-scoring – common sense prevailed.

“We have been told for the last four months to have no gatherings and especially if you are indoors. Then to say you would have a crowd indoors went against what everyone was saying.

“I didn’t understand it, but I think the right decision has been made and I feel a lot safer.”

O’Sullivan’s daughter recently hit out at her father, claiming he is yet to meet his granddaughter.





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