Ronnie O'Sullivan requiring comeback at World Championship
Last Updated: 21/04/18 6:10pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan trails Stephen Maguire 6-3 and is in danger of being eliminated in the first round of snooker's World Championship.
World No 2 O'Sullivan resumes his first-to-10 match against Maguire on Sunday morning.
O'Sullivan, a five-time world champion, endured a nightmare start on Saturday by falling 4-0 behind at the Crucible in Sheffied.
Back-to-back century breaks allowed O'Sullivan to restore some hope before the second session.
Mark Selby was in Crucible turmoil after slumping 7-2 behind against Joe Perry in his opener.
The defending champion was out of sorts and needed a drastic improvement in the evening session to keep alive his hopes of a fourth world title in five years.
Since the theatre became the home of the World Championship in 1977, six defending champions have lost in the first round. Stuart Bingham is the most recent to have suffered that fate, losing in 2016 to Ali Carter in his opener.
On the other table, Hong Kong's Marco Fu fell 6-3 behind against 20-year-old Chinese debutant Lyu Haotian, who made breaks of 122 and 127 on an assured first appearance.
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