Ronnie O’Sullivan knocked out despite 147 break, scoreboard confusion for Mark Selby
Ronnie O’Sullivan sunk a brilliant 147 maximum break at the China Open, but it was a rare highlight from an otherwise ragged display as he bowed out in the first round.
O’Sullivan’s break hinted at a revival after opponent Elliot Slessor had won the first four frames, but the five-time world champion lost his way almost immediately.
Despite the 6-2 defeat, O’Sullivan still takes home £42,000 for his fifth-frame maximum heroics.
Earlier, Mark Selby made a '16-red' 141 break as he progressed to the second round in confusing circumstances.
The world number one beat Scott Donaldson 6-4, but the main talking point occurred in the second frame when Selby was awarded a free ball.
The Englishman went on a scoring streak, but became concerned when he noticed he was on for a 147 maximum despite potting some blue balls – ushering over his opponent and the tournament referee to debate the scoreboard in a bizarre five-minute stoppage.
However, the scoreboard was correct. Everyone had forgotten about the initial free ball which gave Selby’s break an eight-point head start, making a '16-red' 155 maximum break technically possible.
Selby spurned the chance to complete his fake 147 – and swerving any potentially awkward claims to O'Sullivan's maximum bonus – as he settled for a 141.
He went on to make another century, albeit less eventful, and two half-centuries to book a clash with Ben Woollaston.
China Open results
- Michael Holt 6 – 4 Mark Davis
- Tom Ford 6 – 2 Yuan Sijun
- Luo Honghao 6 – 4 Anthony McGill
- David B Gilbert 6 – 3 Mike Dunn
- Ding Junhui 6 – 4 Craig Steadman
- Elliot Slessor 6 - 2 Ronnie O'Sullivan
- Chris Wakelin 6 – 0 Shaun Murphy
- Mark King 6 – 5 Peter Ebdon
- Michael White 6 – 5 Paul S Davison
- Mark Selby 6 – 4 Scott Donaldson
- Duane Jones 6 - 5 Liang Wenbo
- Xiao Guodong 6 - 5Jimmy Robertson
- Neil Robertson 6 - 3 Robbie Williams
- Kyren Wilson 6 – 3 Andrew Higginson
- Fergal O'Brien 6 – 5 Stephen Maguire
- Yan Bingtao 6 – 5 Kurt Maflin
- John Higgins 6 - 2 Martin O'Donnell
- Barry Hawkins 6 – 3 Sam Baird
- Graeme Dott 6 – 2 Mark Joyce
- Zhou Yuelong 6 – 2 Chen Zhe