Ronnie O’Sullivan whitewashed by Mark Selby in Players Championship

  • Stunned world No 1 suffers first defeat in 16 matches
  • Mark Allen defeats Gary Wilson 6-4 to reach semi-final

Mark Selby produced a vintage display to sweep past Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-0 and secure his place in the semi-finals of the Players Championship in Telford.

O’Sullivan had looked pretty much untouchable this season, having won four titles including the UK Championship and the Masters already. However, it was Selby, a four-time world champion, who produced a high-quality display with half-century breaks or higher in five frames to end O’Sullivan’s 16-match unbeaten run.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan withdraws from Welsh Open due to ‘stage fright’

  • World No 1 apologises to fans after pulling out of event
  • ‘It’s not something I can predict or control,’ says player

Ronnie O’Sullivan has announced his withdrawal from next week’s Welsh Open in Llandudno due to anxiety.

The world No 1 has had a successful season so far with victories at the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Grand Prix. But his success has been increasingly underpinned by health concerns that have seen him withdraw from a series of lesser ranking events.

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