O’Sullivan’s famous speed in the first match at the Crucible Theater was taken away by the Thai Tchepchaya Un-Nuch, who lost to the home star in less than an hour and three quarters of 1:10. Shaun Murphy, who finished the match in 149 minutes, scored the fastest win in the history of the World Cup last year.
One of the best players in snooker history, O’Sullivan, played a poke on average every 14 seconds in a duel against a Thai outsider. His records also include the fastest maximum of 147 points, which he succeeded in 1997 in five minutes and eight seconds.
The World Snooker Championship has been moved from its traditional spring date due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the opening day on Friday, a limited number of spectators were allowed in the Crucible Theater auditorium, but due to the increased number of people infected in Britain, the tournament has been played in front of empty seats since the weekend. “It’s better that way. At least I don’t have to deal with the pressure and expectations of the fans. It used to be hard to rest during the championship,” said O’Sullivan, who criticized the decision to play in front of the audience before the World Cup.