Ronnie O’Sullivan’s match against Zhang Yong during the English Open ended in extraordinary style as he allowed an invading fan try and pot the black ball.
The 41-year-old had the game won and was already through to the last 16 of the tournament when a woman evaded security and approached the table just as the Englishman was about to finish the match by potting the final two balls.
She jogged around the table, as both a security guard and the referee tried to usher her away, while O’Sullivan nonchalantly potted the pink despite the commotion.
The Rocket then handed the woman his cue and allowed her to try and pot the black, to the delight of the crowd.
However, her confident demeanour didn’t reflect her snooker ability as she failed to sink the final ball after two attempts.
Following her second miss, she handed the cue back to O’Sullivan and headed back to the stands, the spectators applauding as she went.
The five-time world champion later tweeted about the hilarious incident: "That’s my mixed doubles partner sorted, sweet."
Despite the final few moments of madness, it was a relatively straightforward 4-1 win on a break of 123 for O’Sullivan as he saw off his young Chinese opponent.
He will now go on to face the winner of Robert Milkins and John Higgins in the next round.
This wasn’t the first controversial incident to involve O’Sullivan during the tournament.
While facing Zhang Anda in the first round, he wore blue trainers, which are against the dress code. The Rocket, however, defended his actions saying that he only did so because of ankle injury he was carrying.
World Snooker, however, instructed him to correct his footwear for his next match, which prompted O’Sullivan to threaten to pull out of the event. He even took to Twitter to post a picture of his injured ankle.
Ultimately, the governing body decided to make an exception and allowed him to continue wearing trainers in order to deal with his ankle injury, providing they are black.
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