Teenager Aaron Hill claimed a sensational second-round victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan as he led the world champions to a 5-4 victory at the European Masters.
The 18-year-old, in action for the first time since winning the last 18 crucibles, gave up a 3-1 lead against the Rockets.
When O’Sullivan proceeded and proceeded, Hill was hit back to put pressure on the referee and with a break of 78 he was sent to the third round where he will face Matthew Stevens.
Earlier this year Irishman Hill not only became professional, but he showed steel nerves to indicate that the future could be brighter for Kirk Potter.
Hours before the behind-the-scenes event at Milton Keynes, Peter Devlin had another upset against Mark Williams.
The 24-year-old had to hold his nerves to beat the three-year-old world champion in a decision at the Marshall Arena.
Devlin was 4-1 up, but Williams won 5-5 with a break of just 102.
Londoner told the World Snooker Tour, “What a time to make a century, in a decisive frame against someone like that.
“It simply came to our notice then. At 4-1 p.m., I knew I could peg back. Players like that can win frames without you doing too much wrong, so I was expecting a comeback.
“-4–4 o’clock, there was still some adrenaline to go but I managed to calm him down again.”
Williams and O Sullivan were not the only former champions to exit the second round, while Ken Doherty knocked out Mark Allen.
The Northern Irishman equaled Allen’s record of four consecutive centuries with a 0-0 victory, but fell short of the record for not a hundred in the fifth frame.
World Championship runner-up Kieran Wilson also made progress following the whitewash, while Ding Junhui had to dig to beat Hussein Waffle 5-3.
Neil Robertson, who won the European Masters event in Ria Austria in early 2020, made it to the third round with a 5-2 win over Riley Parsons, but it was Hill as a teenager who spoke of the city.
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