Live updates from the quarterfinal of the Snooker World Grand Prix between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Gary Wilson

In an attempt to advance to the World Grand Prix semi-finals in Leicester, Ronnie O’Sullivan takes a break from his verbal sparring match with Ali Carter.


When Ronnie O’Sullivan takes against Gary Wilson in the World Grand Prix quarterfinals in Leicester, he will be hoping to build on his strong recent performance.


O’Sullivan advanced to the World Grand Prix quarterfinals after defeating Zhou Yuelong 4-3 in the second round on Thursday. Breaks of 67, 107, 50, and 90 helped O’Sullivan defeat Ali Carter in the 2024 Masters final at Alexandra Palace last weekend, winning the renowned crystal trophy for a record eighth time. Wilson, ranked 17 in the world, is currently waiting to see if he advances to the semi-finals.


Even after his brilliant performance against Zhou, a tired O’Sullivan was uncharacteristically negative in his post-match analysis. He played all the hits, claimed he was cueing poorly, declared he hated playing, and even made a retirement threat.


“I’m unable to comprehend it,” O’Sullivan remarked. I need to give it some serious thought as to whether I can continue to feel this way. It’s difficult labor, I have no idea where the balls are going, and I’m not enjoying it—it’s guessing and a battle. The worst part is that I’m emerging victorious in tournaments! Making a choice would be simpler if I were losing. At minimum, I need a break. I’m not feeling fulfilled by it. I would rather cue poorly and win tournaments than cue brilliantly and lose.


As he advances in the World Grand Prix, “The Rocket” and Carter are locked in a verbal sparring match. Carter accused O’Sullivan, 48, of snotting on the Ally Pally arena floor during the Masters final. O’Sullivan responded with an incredible tirade, calling Carter “a f****** nightmare” and advising him to “sort his f****** life out” and “see a counsellor.” Watch the entire World Grand Prix action below:

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