World Snooker

‘Rocket’ pockets HK$465,000 for maximum break but favourite crashes out of China Open

Ronnie O’Sullivan loses in first round in Beijing to leave him with World Championships to become first player to win six ranking titles in a season

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 1:21pm

Ronnie O’Sullivan trousered £42,000 (US$59,000) for achieving a maximum 147 break at the China Open in Beijing but the snooker star’s joy was short-lived as he lost his first round match to fellow Englishman Elliot Slesser.

The 6-2 victory was the second time 23-year-old Slesser had beaten O’Sullivan this season and maintains his 100 per cent career record against the world number two.

O’Sullivan hit his maximum in the fifth frame, returning to the table 4-0 down after the interval and delivering the perfect riposte to snooker fans bemoaning his performance on social media.

The five-time world champion earned £35,000 for the rolling 147 prize and the remaining £7,000 came from the tournament’s 147 prize.

It was his 14th career tournament maximum and he accounts for 10 per cent of all 147 breaks ever made.

The 42-year-old tweeted his thanks to his Chinese fans.

In addition to the cash prize, O’Sullivan also got a hug from the match referee but will not be adding to is 33 career ranking titles in the Chinese capital.

The China Open, which runs until April 8, is the penultimate tournament of the season which concludes with the World Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on April 21.

If O’Sullivan wins in Sheffield he will become the first player to win six ranking titles in a season.