Snooker news - Ronnie O'Sullivan's World Grand Prix title defence ends with first-round defeat to Fu

O'Sullivan's World Grand Prix title defence ends with first-round defeat to Fu
By Eurosport

05/02/2019 at 04:30Updated 05/02/2019 at 15:19

Ronnie O'Sullivan's World Grand Prix title defence came to a premature end following a 4-2 defeat to Marco Fu on Monday night in Cheltenham.

O'Sullivan was defeated by Fu for the first time since the 2009 Welsh Open last 16 as the former Grand Prix champion became only the third person to beat O'Sullivan this season, following in the footsteps of Mark Davis and Judd Trump.

The UK Championship winner took the opening frame making breaks of 68 and 51 but Fu rallied to take the next two.

Five-time world champion O'Sullivan levelled with a break of 77 in the fourth frame before world number 25 Fu won the following two frames, with the defending champion failing to pot a single ball in the final frame.

O'Sullivan will be back in action at the Welsh Open next week in Cardiff where he will look to become the first player to make a milestone 1,000th century break.

Fu, a three-time ranking title winner, faces Barry Hawkins in the last 16 after he beat Ryan Day 4-1.

The Hawk, 39, put together runs of 72, 130 and 143 to come from a frame down against Day, who took the first frame with a break of 127 in a high-quality affair.

Monday also saw Stuart Bingham defeat Zhao Xintong 4-1 in Cheltenham with brilliant century breaks of 131 and 102 in the first two frames.

Mark Allen progressed to the last 16 after beating Gary Wilson 4-2 in the final game of the day.

Monday February 4


  • Ronnie O’Sullivan 2-4 Marco Fu
  • Mark Allen 4-2 Gary Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins 4-1 Ryan Day
  • Stuart Bingham 4-1 Zhao Xintong

Tuesday February 5


  • Martin O’Donnell v Ali Carter
  • Jimmy Robertson v Mark Davis
  • Mark Williams v Yuan Sijun
  • Neil Robertson v Xiao Guodong


  • Joe Perry v Tom Ford
  • Stephen Maguire v Mark King
  • Judd Trump v Stuart Carrington
  • Jack Lisowski v Ding Junhui

Wednesday February 6


  • Mark Selby v Shaun Murphy
  • John Higgins v Noppon Saengkham
  • David Gilbert v Yan Bingtao
  • Kyren Wilson v Matthew Stevens