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O’Sullivan criticized the next generation of snooker players last month

Last update: 24/09/20 23:20

Ronnie O’Sullivan slammed the next generation of snooker players

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was knocked out of the European Masters by teenager Aaron Hill.

O’Sullivan was on course for victory when he secured his first century of the season to lead 4-3 in the game to best of nine frames.

But 18-year-old Irishman Hill equalized and then won the decisive with a 78 break at Milton Keynes.

O’Sullivan criticized the level of young players in August on his way to win the world snooker championship.

He said: “If you look at the young players coming in, they’re not really good. Most of them would do well as half decent amateurs, not even amateurs. They are so bad. ”

The loss to Hill was O’Sullivan’s first game since winning his sixth world title. Hill, world No.115, is in his first season as a professional.

Ahead of the win over O’Sullivan, Hill said it was a “dream come true” to play the world champion he “loves to watch”.

Hill had already beaten veteran Andy Hicks in the first round and will face Matthew Stevens in the last 32.

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