Ronnie O’Sullivan thinks he ‘has been relaxing too much’ after ‘weird’ win over Kyren Wilson at Shanghai Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O’Sullivan squeaked into the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Thursday (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan continued his outstanding successful run at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, but it surely took a outstanding comeback to take action in a ‘weird’ 6-5 win over .

The Rocket discovered himself 5-1 behind within the quarter-finals however gained 5 frames on the spin to make his approach into the final 4 and go away the Gladiator heartbroken.

The five-time world champion is enjoying in his first match of the season and he believes {that a} contact of rustiness is behind his sluggish begin to the .

‘I’m actually, actually completely happy to lastly get over the road,’ O’Sullivan instructed World . ‘I’m nonetheless a bit disillusioned with the best way I began, making so many errors, making it simple for Kyren.

‘He regarded in good type, he regarded sharp and I knew until I might up my depth and actually get targeted then I used to be in all probability going to lose the match.



‘I by no means stopped believing and by no means stopped making an attempt to get into that place the place you may play some sensible snooker but it surely by no means appeared prefer it was there tonight, for no matter cause.

‘First tournament, but usually that’s by no means an issue for me. I feel typically, while you’re in a match you’ve acquired to dwell and breath it and possibly I’ve been relaxing a bit too a lot.

‘I haven’t performed a match for possibly 5 months, actually, it’s like not going to the health club for 5 months, you go in and also you’re a little bit bit rusty. That’s the way it feels for a me a little bit bit at the second.’

Ronnie O'Sullivan
O’Sullivan has gained 12 straight video games within the Shanghai Masters (Picture: VCG through Getty Images)

The 43-year-old made two centuries – 124 and 107 – however was not at his sensible greatest, making uncharacteristic errors when among the many balls.

O’Sullivan even punched the desk in direction of the conclusion of the sport as frustration set in, and he admits that his ‘silly mistakes’ have been attending to him.

‘The last two frames, I was on 60-70 odd and managed to make silly mistakes and allow him the chance to win the game,’ the Rocket continued.

‘It was crazy, a weird, weird game, I’m happy to get by way of.

‘All I had to do was pot the black, I didn’t must do something, simply pot the black and screw again and he shakes me hand and twice I managed to make ridiculous errors.



‘I think I got caught up in the moment, the adrenaline was pumping so you do silly things sometimes.’

O’Sullivan has gained the final two editions of this occasion and has not misplaced in Shanghai since 2016 when he was upset within the second spherical by Michael Holt.

While he doesn’t select to enter most of the tournaments held exterior of the UK, the Rocket by no means misses this one and is filled with reward for the occasion.

‘I love this tournament,’ the Rocket continued. ‘Great fans, great city, brilliant promoters so these are the tournaments you want to do well in. If you enjoy the tournament and surroundings you’re more likely to play some good snooker.’

O’Sullivan meets within the semi-final on Saturday, performed over two periods and the world quantity two is greater than up for the problem.

‘Neil’s a implausible participant, final 12 months he had an excellent season and rediscovered that momentum,’ Ronnie stated.

‘He’s all the time one of many favourites to win a match. It’ll really feel like a last, me and Neil enjoying within the semis.

‘I’m actually wanting ahead to it, better of 19, I would like as many matches and tournaments below my belt as attainable.’


The first semi-final is performed out on Friday between Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy.

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