Upset in Wuhan: Lyu Haotian Shocks Snooker World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan with 5-1 Victory

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At the inaugural Wuhan Open, China’s Lyu Haotian pulled off a surprising 5-1 victory against seven-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. However, despite this upset, results in other matches indicate that O’Sullivan is set to retain his world number one status, at least for the time being.

O’Sullivan was aware that Mark Allen winning this week’s event would dethrone him from the top spot in the world rankings. However, Allen was defeated by Ali Carter, ensuring O’Sullivan’s continued reign at the pinnacle of the rankings.

This marks the first time in four years that O’Sullivan has lost a match on Chinese soil, with his previous defeat dating back to the 2019 World Open in Yushan, where Dominic Dale emerged victorious in the first round. Lyu Haotian has now progressed to the semifinals of a ranking event for the fifth time in his career and is set to face Carter, though he is still in search of his first title.

Lyu secured a narrow lead by clinching the first two frames on the colors. He then extended his advantage to 4-0 with breaks of 76 and 66 before the mid-session break. Upon their return, O’Sullivan showcased a brilliant break of 101, keeping his hopes alive. However, Lyu dominated the sixth frame, ultimately emerging as the 5-1 victor.

In the aftermath, O’Sullivan revealed that he wasn’t overly concerned about Allen surpassing him in the world rankings. Nonetheless, Allen’s defeat meant O’Sullivan would retain his top ranking. O’Sullivan, a 39-time ranking event winner, reflected on his journey and expressed a sense of having achieved more than he could have imagined in snooker.

Carter, on the other hand, secured an impressive 5-2 victory over Allen, marking his 28th ranking event semifinal appearance in his career. Carter acknowledged the expectation of facing O’Sullivan but recognized the shift in pressure after Allen’s elimination.

Meanwhile, Judd Trump, the reigning English Open champion, continued his pursuit of back-to-back titles with a resounding 5-0 quarter-final win over Tom Ford. Despite arriving in China just a few days before, Trump showcased a dominant performance, setting up a semifinal clash with Chinese teenager Wu Yize, who will be competing in his first-ever ranking semifinal after a hard-fought 5-4 win over Irishman Aaron Hill in the quarterfinals.

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