Snooker legends Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams were both defeated at the European Masters on Thursday, as Aaron Hill won the rocket and Peter Devlin beat Welshman.
Both matches came to a head after Milton Keynes beat 18-year-old Hill O’Sullivan 5-4 and Devlin, 24, beat Williams by the same scoreline.
Given the huge difference in experience, most veterans would have expected to go through the set frames but Hill would have a 78-run break between them, while Devlin managed 102 to win the match.
O’Sullivan was playing his first match since winning the World Championship in August and he felt he had luck in the final frame.
‘Look, I had my chances and it could happen if you don’t take them,’ Rocket told That Daily constellation.
‘The decision didn’t go my way in decisive matters, there were a lot of flukes and he kept himself very well.’
Williams was a little more elegant in the defeat, tweeting: ‘Great break last frame, fair play.’
The Welsh Potting Machine added that it is a pleasure to see the trademark Epic hashtag as new young talent begins to emerge in the game.
‘It was a pleasure to see some youngsters doing well in MK. He wrote.
Devlin was sensibly thrilled to have the biggest win of her youth career and style of this kind.
At the TV table, in front of someone like that, in the decisive frame, how much time to make a century. It’s unbelievable. ‘
‘It was great to be able to play like someone so early. I said from the beginning that I wanted to miss the end.
‘I like cameras, I like to be involved in the whole world snooker tour. I don’t want to be backstage, I just want to enjoy it. I want to make my parents proud. It was wonderful. ‘
Devlin faces O’Connor in the next round, while Hill faces Matthew Stevens.
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