Sun, 28 Feb 2021

LONDON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Six-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan sensationally lost in the final of snooker's Welsh Open on Sunday, going down 9-8 to world number 81 Jordan Brown in Newport, Wales on Sunday.

Brown led the first session 5-3 but his seasoned opponent tied proceedings at 5-5 in the second session. 33-year-old Brown then seesawed with the long-time ace before holding his nerve to take the deciding frame.

"It is unbelievable. To beat the greatest player of all time in a major final. It was an honor just to play him," Brown told the World Snooker Tour website.

"I just had a calm approach coming into today. I wasn't playing the opponent. If you just play Ronnie, instead of just focusing on the balls, it can be very daunting. I had a strategy to focus on my own game and it worked," the Northern Irishman added.

Brown, who left the pro tour for years after initially joining in the 2009-10 season, was working in a petrol station just three years ago before returning to the tour in 2018.

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