Snooker: O'Sullivan crashes out of World Championships
PUBLISHED: 20:49 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 20:49 28 April 2018
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Ronnie O'Sullivan insists he "stood his ground" against Ali Carter after the two clashed in a bitter Crucible spat, before being dumped out of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.
O’Sullivan deliberately barged into Carter’s shoulder during the 19th frame in response to an earlier coming together and said “That’s for being Mr Angry”.
But that only inspired the 38-year-old, who went on to boot the tournament favourite out 13-9.
Referee Paul Collier told the players to calm down, to which O’Sullivan replied he was “as cool as a cucumber” but it was Carter left standing in the end.
“I don’t get angry unless there is justification there,” O’Sullivan said.
“We all get angry sometimes. If someone is going to shoulder barge me then what, have I got to walk around and tip-toe and do a little curtsy as if they’re the King or Queen?
“Sometimes you have to stand your ground. It happened earlier in the game but I don’t want to dwell on it, we should be talking about a great match.”
Carter had said on the eve of the match that he wants to bring an end to the “Ronnie O’Sullivan Show” and the match was full of tension throughout – before it spilled over and O’Sullivan got his own back for an earlier Carter barge.
For Carter this was a major win. It was his first against O’Sullivan in a ranking event and marked the first time he has reached the quarter-finals since he last made the final in 2012.
O’Sullivan certainly brought the heat to the session but Carter was unflappable, with a superb clearance at 11-9 the highlight as he knocked out the 42-year-old tournament favourite.
“Maybe as you get older, something is not as good as it was when you were younger,” O’Sullivan added.
“It is like when you buy a new car you can get 200,000 miles out of it but if you buy an old one then you wonder when it will die.
“I lost to the better player, I was second to the punch from start to finish. I tried to stick with him and go to the end of the match,
“I put some pressure on and hoped he would miss some balls. It takes the most consistent player to win this tournament.
“In the last couple of years I have been found out in the longer sessions. I have done alright in the shorter format where it is Usain Bolt stuff but the longer stuff not so much.
“I have got no complaints, he was the better player.”
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