Ronnie O’Sullivan’s stunning loss to James Cahill yesterday ranks as perhaps the biggest upset in the history of snooker. O’Sullivan went into the competition having finally regained his number 1 ranking, while Cahill is the first amateur player to ever qualify.
O’Sullivan had not lost in the first round of the competition since 2003; blaming his recurring insomnia, O’Sullivan claimed that he, “felt horrendous. I was struggling to stay awake.”
There had been a growing feeling that in a year with neither Olympics or World Cup, 2019 could be finally be the time that O’Sullivan’s achievements were recognised by the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year panel. However, without another World Championship to his name, acknowledging the stunning career of “The Rocket” becomes much harder. According to Paddy Power the chances of O’Sullivan winning the award have lengthened to 66/1.
Though the Sports Personality of the Year award favours individual sports, the new favourite is a footballer. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is currently enjoying the best season of any English player, excelling for both club and country, and is being quoted at 6/1.
Sterling has scored 17 goals this season for his club, and provided assists for a further 9. After enduring 27 goalless games for England he scored twice against Spain last October and completed his first international hat-trick against the Czech Republic in March.