Thursday, February 01, 2007

Snooker: O'Sullivan Dumped out by Holt in Malta

Ronnie O'Sullivan continued his Jekyll and Hyde season and was dumped out by journeyman professional Michael Holt 5-3 in the Malta Cup.

Ronnie was far from the player that brilliantly destroyed Ding Junhui 10-3 in the final of the Saga Insurance Masters earlier this month and still seems to be acting as the spoilt child to World Snooker.

He did make an attempt to speak to the media after his defeat as his World Snooker contract states, but three times he refused to comment when asked about the match with Holt.

There is no doubting O'Sullivans ability - he could even be described as a snooker playing genius - however it is difficult to know which Ronnie is going to turn up to an event.

The biggest question in my opion is what if this had been a different player? Would the likes of Higgins, Hendry or Dott get away with it or would World Snooker enforce the laws, as they should do? It is time to stop this farce and either allow O'Sullivan some time out from the game or reprimand him.

What makes it worse is the fact that Ronnie is not being open with the media, this opens up a lot of debate. If Ronnie really does have personal problems then I think everyone would be behind him to sort them out.

I have to mention Holt though who cannot be discounted for what turned out to be a very professional performance the 28 year old said "To beat Ronnie at any time is a confidence boost because he's such a brilliant player." Holt now plays Mark King in the second round, a match that on paper he should fancy winning.
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