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Ronnie O’Sullivan crashes out of the China Open despite 147 break

O'Sullivan endures a bittersweet evening in Beijing (credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan suffered a shock First Round exit to Elliot Slessor at the China Open on Tuesday despite compiling a magnificent maximum break.

O'Sullivan, a five-time ranking event winner this season, fired in his fourteenth career 147, but it was not enough to avert a second defeat of the season at the hands of the Gateshead youngster.

Slessor, 23, enjoyed a dream start to the contest as he reeled off the opening four frames without reply despite a high break of just 50.

O'Sullivan, though, got off the mark in sensational style as he blasted home 15 reds and 15 blacks before coolly clearing the remaining colours to achieve snooker's holy grail.

The Rocket will receive a £35,000 bonus providing no other player matches the feat this week, as well as the £7,000 tournament high break prize.

That, however, would prove to be his final meaningful contribution as Slessor extended his lead, and though the five-time World Champion pegged back to 5-2 behind, Slessor sealed a famous win with a break of 64.

The world number 73 has now won both of his matches against O'Sullivan, following on from his 4-1 triumph in last November's Northern Ireland Open.

"I was sitting at 4-0 up when I knew it could've been two-each or 3-1 down but I stuck in there," Slessor told World Snooker.

"I felt like he was going to come back so I thought just prepare yourself, expect him to come back and just make the most of your chances when they arrive.

"I love playing the top names and I like playing in front of a crowd, that's why I practice and that's what I play snooker for.

"I don't feel intimidated by them because I know when I play my best game, I know I can compete with these players," he added.

Elsewhere, home favourite Liang Wenbo was among the other notable early casualties after a narrow 6-5 defeat to world number 116 Duane Jones.

Rugby's Chris Wakelin pulled off a ruthless 6-0 whitewash of reigning Champion of Champions Shaun Murphy with top breaks of 85, 54, 54, 58 and 56 in an inspired display.

World number 13 Anthony McGill suffered a shock 6-4 defeat to wildcard qualifier Luo Honghao - who produced high breaks of 100 and 135.

Defending champion Mark Selby safely navigated his way into Round Two with a 6-4 victory over Scott Donaldson, landing high breaks of 141 and 119 in the process.

Selby, who had seen off Wang Yuchen in his held over match on Monday, successfully avenged his 6-4 defeat to the young Scot in December's UK Championship.

Stephen Maguire's hopes of automatic qualification for the Betfred World Championship were ended after an agonising deciding frame loss to Irish veteran Fergal O'Brien.

Maguire took the opening frame with a fine break of 127 before O'Brien took the next three frames with breaks of 87, 71 and 79.

Maguire replied with a 71 break in clinching the next two frames to restore parity, and after O'Brien went two clear again, the Scot fought back to force a nail-biting decider.

It was O'Brien, though, who held firm to secure his spot in the Last 32 in Beijing thanks to a break of 70.

John Higgins, runner-up here back in 2006, was a comfortable 6-2 winner over Martin O'Donnell, compiling breaks of 60, 67 and 77 en route.

Former World Cup winners Yan Bingtao and Zhou Yuelong were among the Chinese contingent to move through to the Second Round of the £1 million major on home soil.

China Open 2018 Results

Tuesday April 3

Round One 

Stephen Maguire 5-6 Fergal O'Brien
Kurt Maflin 5-6 Yan Bingtao
John Higgins 6-2 Martin O'Donnell
Zhou Yuelong 6-2 Chen Zhe
Mark Joyce 2-6 Graeme Dott
Barry Hawkins 6-3 Sam Baird

Mark Selby 6-4 Scott Donaldson
Peter Ebdon 5-6 Mark King
Andrew Higginson 3-6 Kyren Wilson
Jimmy Robertson 5-6 Xiao Guodong
Neil Robertson 6-3 Robbie Williams
Michael White 6-5 Paul S Davison
Duane Jones 6-5 Liang Wenbo

Mark Davis 4-6 Michael Holt
Craig Steadman 4-6 Ding Junhui
Chris Wakelin 6-0 Shaun Murphy
David Gilbert 6-3 Mike Dunn
Luo Honghao 6-4 Anthony McGill
Tom Ford 6-2 Yuan SiJun
Elliot Slessor 6-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan- *O'Sullivan makes a 147 break*

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