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Snooker's greatest shocks after James Cahill beats Ronnie O'Sullivan

Some of the other biggest shocks in snooker history.

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan on Tuesday crashed out of the World Championship in the first round after losing 10-8 to amateur James Cahill.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the other biggest shocks in snooker history.

Stuart Bingham v Stephen Hendry (2000)

Sheffield Hendry
Defending champion Stephen Hendry crashed out on the opening day in 2000 (PA Archive/PA Images)

Seven-time champion Hendry was expected to get the latest defence of his title off to a straightforward start against world number 97 Bingham, who was making his Crucible debut after coming through the qualifiers. Hendry led 5-4 after the opening session but Bingham won five of the next six frames and produced a break of 87 to send Hendry crashing out on the opening day.

Tony Knowles v Steve Davis (1982)

Steve Davis
Steve Davis (pictured) fell to Bolton qualifier Tony Knowles at the Crucible in 1982 (PA/PA Archive/PA Images)

Davis had won the first of his six world titles the previous year and was an odds-on favourite to defend his crown. Bolton qualifier Knowles had other ideas however, racing into an 8-1 overnight lead and winning the first two frames the following day to seal a stunning victory.

Michael Wasley v Ding Junhui (2014)

Michael Wasley
Michael Wasley produced a break of 103 to force a decider which he clinched on the final pink after midnight (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Wasley was making his Crucible debut against an in-form Ding, who came into the event on the back of winning five ranking titles during the season. Ding looked in command when he led 6-3, but Wasley recovered to trail 9-8 before the players were forced to come back for a rare third session after overrunning their allocated time slot. World number 73 Wasley produced a break of 103 to force a decider which he clinched on the final pink after midnight.

David Gray v Ronnie O'Sullivan (2000)

David Gray
David Gray held his nerve to secure a famous win in 2000 (Alistair Wilson 50/50/PA)

O'Sullivan had reached the semi-finals in 1999 and won the first of his five world titles in 2001, but in between suffered a shock defeat to Gray, who went on to lose 13-1 to Dominic Dale in the second round. O'Sullivan led 5-1 and 9-7 but could not scramble over the line and Gray held his nerve to secure a famous win.

Rory McLeod v Judd Trump (2017)

Rory McLeod
Rory McLeod's highest break was only 77 but he played gritty match snooker to overcome an early deficit (Rui Vieira/PA)

Trump was among the favourites for the title in 2017 and faced 1,000-1 outsider McLeod in the opening round, but could only manage a top break of 65 in a low-scoring contest. McLeod's highest break was only 77 but he played gritty match snooker to overcome an early deficit to win 10-8.

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