Defeats for Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins today have blown this week’s Northern Ireland wide open.
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes of becomes snooker biggest ever prize winner are over for the time being after he suffered a shock defeat in the Northern Ireland Open.
There will be no home glory for Mark Allen this week.
Ronnie O’Sullivan continued his superb form to defeat Germany’s talented Lukas Kleckers in the first round of the Northern Ireland Open.
Judd Trump is likely to be punished by snooker’s governing body after he deliberately smashed the balls up to concede early in his Northern Ireland Open match against Stuart Carrington.
This year’s Northern Ireland Open may already have seen the breakthrough of the next star in the making after 24-year-old Sam Craigie produced his best performance yet to beat Kyren Wilson.
Judd Trump’s participation in this week’s Northern Ireland Open appears to be in doubt after the airline he used to get home from China misplaced his cue.
It was one of the moments of the season.
Barry Hearn has challenged Ronnie O’Sullivan to continue his superb form and go for snooker’s biggest ever cash prize of £1million.