Ronnie O’Sullivan was once thrashed 6-1 by 17-year-old Yan Bingtao at the International Open in Daqing, China.
The five-time world champion, who won the English Open every week in the previous, didn’t pot a ball in the full four frames of his first-round loss.
“Yan played fantastically well. Maybe only Stephen Hendry and John Higgins have played that well against me before,” said England’s O’Sullivan.
“I didn’t do that much wrong apart from missing a couple of balls.”
The world amount nine added: “If Yan plays like that he’ll be very difficult to beat in this tournament. If he can play like that consistently he’ll win a lot of tournaments.”
China’s Bingtao, ranked 53rd in the sector, said: “I performed upper than I believed I may.
“I believe I will beat any person, however I wish to be calm and mature. I realized so much from my first 12 months as a professional, and I wish to be in keep an eye on and to be constant. I would possibly beat a most sensible 16 participant after which lose the following fit.”
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