Ali Carter 'Barges' Ronnie O'Sullivan Out Of The World Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan had lost to his opponent just once in 17 previous meetings, but things became heated when he appeared to barge into Carter's shoulder in the 19th frame.

O'Sullivan graciously offered the deserved victor his congratulations, seemingly putting an end to the animosity that was shared between the duo earlier in the contest, before Carter gave the crowd a hat-trick of emotional fist-pumps to express his elation of dispatching the favourite.

It was a pretty limp performance from five-time champion O'Sullivan and he came under scrutiny from snooker fans for playing like he didn't care.

Having fluked Carter into a snooker, O'Sullivan informed Carter that this was one for "being Mr. Angry".

O'Sullivan was unable to overturn the overnight deficit despite winning two frames in the final session.

Ronnie O'Sullivan says his World Championship clash with Ali Carter was "nothing" - and blamed the media for trying to make a story out of it.

Carter added: "It was heat of the moment and he will do anything he can to win and so will I. He barged me but sorry, I am not going to be bullied by anyone".

O'Sullivan added: "I've known Ali since he was 10 years of age, sometimes it gets a bit tense out there but it's all behind us". "It's nice to finally get one up but I feel like a different person since I last played him in 2012".

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But he failed to produce his best against both Carter and first-round opponent Stephen Maguire. During the 19th frame the players exchanged words after bumping into each other as O'Sullivan returned to his seat after missing a ball.

O'Sullivan later blamed lack of space in the Crucible for the altercation with Carter.

On this performance, Carter will take some stopping.

According to listeners, referee Paul Collier tried to restore order, but you can see a frustrated O'Sullivan sitting in his chair after the incident.

"You can't win World Championships when you're having bad spells like that".

Hawkins was pegged back to 10-10 after losing a dramatic 20th frame on the black when China's Lyu required a snooker on the pink. "There's no hard feeling there", the 42-year-old said.

Masters finalist Kyren Wilson won four frames in a row to open up a commanding 11-5 lead over Welshman Jamie Jones.

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