World number 10 Ronnie O’Sullivan has claimed that he is no longer good enough to compete with the best players in the world.
The five-time World Champion defeated Xiao Guodong to reach round two of the International Championship in Guodong’s homeland of China yesterday.
However, he has since stated that he is nowhere near the level he was two years ago, despite winning his sixth Masters title in January, and the Welsh open in February.
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"I haven't had any good results but that tells you where I am with my game," the Englishman said.
O’Sullivan was knocked out of the World Grand Prix in the first round, the World Championships in the second round, the Shanghai Masters in the last 16, and the English Open in the last 32, and admitted he's enjoying playing, but he's not good enough anymore to compete at the highest level.
He added: "I enjoy playing, but I am probably not good enough to compete with the best players in the world because they are at their peak.
"I will still keep playing and hopefully will get a result, and if I don't I am just enjoying playing."
O’Sullivan narrowly defeated Guodong 6-4 in their first round match at the International Championships thanks to the help of an opening century break of 137.
The 40-year-old is now set to play English-Norwegian Kurt Maflin today in the ranking event in Daqing, China, which is the richest tournament to take place outside of the United Kingdom.
Throughout his illustrious career, O'Sullivan has managed to reach 41 ranking finals, winning 28 of them, but it looks like his time at the table could be coming to an end.
Elsewhere in the tournament, fellow Brits Mark Selby, Judd Trump, and John Higgins all picked up first-round wins, whilst Welshman and former two-time World Champion Mark Williams shockingly suffered defeat at the hands of wildcard Xu Si.
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