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Ronnie O’Sullivan Last in WST Pro Series Group

The Rocket was also docked a frame for being late for one of his matches.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will play no further part in the WST Pro Series after a dreadful day in Group I of the competition on Monday.

The world champion won his opening encounter against Jamie Wilson but lost five out of his next six round-robin fixtures to finish at the bottom of the eight-player group.



O’Sullivan arrived late for his tie against Mark Joyce and was duly docked a frame, although did manage to come back and win that affair 2-1.

Defeats, however, against Ben Hancorn, Lyu Haotian, David Lilley, Tom Ford, and Chen Zifan sent the 45 year-old packing.

Hancorn was the day’s surprise table-topper, with the lowly ranked Englishman winning six out of his seven matches to place in first ahead of Lyu.

The pair advances to the second group stage, which gets under way later this week in Milton Keynes, but O’Sullivan and the others have been eliminated from the inaugural Pro Series.

What is the WST Pro Series?

The format for the WST Pro Series is quite similar to that which was utilised for two out of the three editions of the Championship League that were staged during 2020.

There are 16 groups comprising eight players in each, with a round-robin phase determining the top two who will advance to the second group stage.

Eight groups in the first stage already took place in January, while the outcome from the remaining eight groups will be determined over the coming days.

Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson, Stuart Bingham, and Jack Lisowski are among the bigger names who have already made it through.

The 32 players who progress to stage two will be split into four more groups of eight, with the top two again moving forward from each to contest the final group.

That remaining set of eight players will subsequently battle it out in the same fashion to become the overall champion.

There is a total tournament prize fund of £420,500, broken down in various ways throughout the three group stages.

The winner, however, stands to collect at least £30,000 in an event that incorporates a sprint best-of-three frames format throughout.

What’s Next?

On Tuesday, the final group of the first stage takes place with Judd Trump, Hossein Vafaei, Ryan Day, Jamie Jones, Barry Pinches, Jimmy White, Steven Hallworth, and Sean Maddocks involved.

Live coverage will be available via an account with several online bookmakers, as well as around the world through the Matchroom.Live streaming service.

Click here to view the full draw (Times in CET)

Featured photo credit: WST



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Tour Championship – won by Neil Robertson.

1. Judd Trump
2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
3. Neil Robertson
4. Mark Selby
5. John Higgins
6. Kyren Wilson
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Ding Junhui
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Barry Hawkins
12. Mark Williams
13. Mark Allen
14. Jack Lisowski
15. David Gilbert
16. Anthony McGill

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