Ronnie O'Sullivan's comments come back to haunt him as 18-year-old secures shock win

September 24, 2020
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Ronnie O’Sullivan suffered a stunning shock defeat to teenage rookie Aaron Hill last night in his first match since winning a sixth world title. 

The Rocket went down 5-4 to the 18-year-old from Cork at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. 

Six-time and reigning world champion O’Sullivan, 44, arrived at the venue relaxed after a stay at a luxury health spa. 

Things soon looked more tense as he trailed 3-1, though O’Sullivan hit back to lead 4-3 – but Hill rallied superbly to seal a famous win. 

O’Sullivan had to wait for his first match since winning the World Championship at the Crucible last month after first-round opponent Daniel Wells failed a Covid-19 test.

O'Sullivan was given a surprise beating by an 18-year-old

He said: “Look, I had my chances and if you don’t take them then this can happen. 

“Things didn’t go my way in the decider, there were a couple of flukes and he held himself together pretty well.” 

Hill said: “I am almost speechless. He has always been my hero, but I wasn’t out there just happy to be in the same arena. I wanted to win. 

“And I am just so pleased to win for myself and for my family and everyone back in Cork. My phone has gone mad since I finished.

O'Sullivan suffered a shock defeat

Hill walks off following his surprise victory

“At 3-1 up I thought I was favourite and could have gone 4-1 - but after the interval he came back well. However I still told myself I’d have taken 4-3 down at the start, and that helped. 

“I told myself to go out an enjoy it and that I had nothing to lose, and it is a fantastic win so early in my professional career.  

“His comment about there being no good young players coming through was in my mind, and hopefully I have shown him there is some talent there.” 

Meanwhile rapping rookie Peter Devlin stunned three-time world champion Mark Williams.

Williams also suffered a shock defeat

The 24-year-old from east London is a former child TV actor who makes Youtube rap videos that have earned over a million views. 

He won a tour card last month - and after almost blowing a big lead produced a magnificent first career century in the decider to seal a 5-4 victory. 

Devlin said: “One day maybe I’ll get to come into the arena with one of my own songs as walk-on music. 

“What a time to make the first century of my pro career, against someone like Mark on a TV table in a big tournament. 

“The way my life has changed in the last few weeks is incredible - I didn’t realise the opportunities would come along as soon as this. Beating Mark is unreal. 

“I started rapping at school because I wanted to be more ‘street’ to get in with the cool kids. I was amazed when one got 100,000 views.” 

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