Ronnie O'Sullivan Stunned by Stuart Bingham inWorld Snooker Championship Quarterfinals

Ronnie O'Sullivan, the world's top-ranked snooker player, suffered a shocking 13-10 defeat to Stuart Bingham in the World Snooker Championship quarterfinals. The tournament has witnessed multiple upsets, with three qualifiers reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1977.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan Stunned by Stuart Bingham inWorld Snooker Championship Quarterfinals

Ronnie O'Sullivan Stunned by Stuart Bingham inWorld Snooker Championship Quarterfinals

Ronnie O'Sullivan, the world's top-ranked snooker player, suffered a shocking 13-10 defeat at the hands of Stuart Bingham in the quarterfinals of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield on Wednesday. The loss not only ended O'Sullivan's quest for a record-extending eighth world title but also knocked him out of the top 16 in the world rankings.

Despite the setback, O'Sullivan remained philosophical in defeat. "For me, it's been a great tournament now I've started getting through the ball, which is the most important thing," he told Eurosport after the match. "Tournaments, victories, losses - irrelevant really. You just want to be enjoying the game, so for me there has been a lot of progress."

"It's unbelievable," he told Eurosport. "I enjoyed every second of it, even when I was 8-6 down...and something clicked. I felt calm out there, I was loving every second of it. I'm going toe-to-toe with the best player ever and looking around, this is brilliant."

The tournament also witnessed another major upset as second seed Judd Trump was eliminated by Jones in a 13-9 defeat. Trump, who struggled with inconsistency throughout the match, was punished for his error-strewn display. Jones capitalized on Trump's mistakes to reach the semifinals for the first time in his career.

This year's World Snooker Championship has made history, with three qualifiers reaching the semifinals for the first time since the tournament moved to the Crucible in 1977. David Gilbert defeated Stephen Maguire 13-8 to set up a semifinal clash with Kyren Wilson, who secured a 13-8 victory over four-time world champion John Higgins. Wilson now stands alone, the only seeded player remaining in the competition.

O'Sullivan's defeat was not without controversy, as he was involved in a bizarre incident with referee Desislava Bozhilova during the second session of the match. Initially praised for an act of sportsmanship, O'Sullivan later revealed that he was attempting to prove a point to Bozhilova, whom he believed had made an incorrect call. The World Snooker Tour (WST) refuted O'Sullivan's allegations, maintaining that Bozhilova acted correctly throughout the incident.

World Snooker Championship reaches its climax, fans eagerly await the outcome of the semifinals and the best-of-35-frames final, scheduled for the upcoming weekend. With three qualifiers vying for the title alongside the sole remaining seeded player, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to this historic tournament at the Crucible.

Key Takeaways

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan loses to Stuart Bingham 13-10 in World Snooker Championship quarterfinals.
  • O'Sullivan's defeat knocks him out of top 16 in world rankings.
  • Judd Trump also eliminated, losing 13-9 to Jones.
  • Three qualifiers reach semifinals for first time since 1977.
  • Kyren Wilson is the only seeded player remaining in the competition.