Ronnie O’Sullivan had a day to forget in Milton Keynes as he was dumped out of the WST Pro Series after suffering five defeats in seven matches. The Rocket was also docked a frame for turning up late to his clash with Mark Joyce.
O’Sullivan headlined Group I and was expected to cruise through to the last 32 just like Mark Selby did the previous day.
The quick-fire snooker event is a best-of-three frame competition in the early stages so participants have seven mini matches to try and progress from their group.
The top two from each group go through to the knockout stages but O’Sullivan will not be joining many of his peers.
The 45-year-old got off to a decent start as he beat Jamie Wilson 2-0.
However, he then suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to World No 120 Ben Hancorn, despite making a superb 141 break.
David Lilley and Chen Zifan compounded O’Sullivan to his second and third defeats of the day before he was docked a frame against Joyce.
The six-time world champion turned up late for his match so had to start the tie 1-0 behind.
That seemed to fire up the Rocket and he won back-to-back frames in just 14 minutes to notch his second win.
Lu Haotian beat O’Sullivan in the following game to confirm that the snooker legend could not make it to the knockout stage.
Tom Ford compounded O’Sullivan’s misery by inflicting yet another defeat in the final match of the day.
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