Bluebell Wood Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan suffers shock defeat to Peter Lines
Ronnie O'Sullivan's first domestic professional appearance since claiming the World Championship ended in defeat.
Last Updated: 17/08/13 1:00pm
The 37-year-old, who clinched his fifth world title at the Crucible in May, overcame teenager Lyu Haotian in a final frame decider after coming from 3-1 down before easing past Fergal O'Brien 4-1.
However, he was no match for in-form Yorkshireman Lines, who sealed his place in the last 16 and a clash with Stephen Maguire thanks to breaks of 78, 53, 86 and 56.
Despite the setback, O'Sullivan was in an upbeat mood and hinted he is keen on overhauling Stephen Hendry's record of seven world titles.
"I'm enjoying my game now more than ever. I've never been one to set myself targets but there are dreams," he told www.worldsnooker.com.
"To break Hendry's record (of world titles) is something that has crossed my mind. I need another two to equal it or three to beat it.
"The way I feel I've played the last two years, I'm hitting the ball better than I have for 20 years, so at least I'm able to play all the shots and be aggressive."