Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocket Ronnie Fails to Lift Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rocket Ronnie Fails to Lift Off

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RONNIE O'SULLIVAN suffered a stunning 9-6 defeat to qualifier Stuart Bingham in the first round of the 12bet.com UK Championship.

The three-time former world champion looked to be fending off Bingham's threat when he moved from the overnight score of 4-4 to a 6-4 lead with breaks of 62 and 77.

However, the 35-year-old, a day on from his birthday, then dropped five frames in a row to make his early exit.

Bingham did not even need to score heavily to take the frames, his highest break in the run being a modest 48 to O'Sullivan's paltry 24.

Bingham, 34, has caused shocks in the past, notably when he ousted defending champion Stephen Hendry from the World Championship at the first-round stage in 2000. The world No 23 aimed a blast at O'Sullivan after his victory, accusing his fellow Essex cueman of being a player who displays a lack of good manners at the table. …

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