Mark Selby has accused Ronnie O’Sullivan of being disrespectful to him and snooker after losing 17-16 to the Rocket in the World Championship semi-final on Friday night.
O’Sullivan was playing an ultra-aggressive brand of snooker in the final session at the Crucible, which was ultimately successful as he bounced back from 13-11 down at the start of the session.
He looked a beaten man at one stage as he was going for some quite outrageous pots, which looked to be playing into Selby’s hands, before he found his range and won the final three frames on the spin, booking his place in the final.
Selby had no complaints about the final three frames, but felt O’Sullivan’s shot choices were out of order beforehand, showing a lack of respect to the match and his opponent.
‘The last three frame I didn’t really get much of a chance except near the end when Ronnie missed a ball and I had a chance to clear up.
‘I felt great, I felt like I was going to clear up, just played a poor positional shot n the green.
‘I played some good safety shots but Ronnie kept getting out of them.
‘During the match I felt like it was a little bit disrespectful the way he played, every time I got him in a snooker he just got down and hit the balls 100mph and could have gone anywhere.
‘I dunno, if he was just in that frame of mind, but I felt it was a little disrespectful to me at the table, but last three frames he played great, I’ve got no complaints.
‘Not reckless, just disrespectful to me. Sometimes if you’ve got no shot you get down and hit them as hard as you can and hope you fluke one.
‘But every time I had one in a snooker, even if he had a chance to roll on a ball, he’d just come off the cusion.
‘I think it’s disrespectful to the game and disrespectful to me in that particular match.’
Selby went further and accused O’Sullivan of moving on his shots earlier in the match.
‘Now I’ve lost the match, I feel like I’ve missed the boat a little bit,’ he continued.
‘I had a chance to go 14-9 but even then the long red I was about to play in the green pocket, I’m about to play and he’s put his cue next to his seat and stood up in his chair while I’m playing my shot, right in my eye-line.
‘Obviously people just don’t do that, you see, but whether he was trying to do mind games or not, I don’t know, but Ronnie’s Ronnie and he does them things.’
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