Three names were on everyone lips going into this years World Snooker Championships, Neil Robertson, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.
O’Sullivan entered the tournament number one in the world after an impressive season, Robertson had won the Chinese open earlier this month and Trump had won three ranking tournaments during his season.
The picture at the crucible a week on now looks a lot different. Here, JUS news break down the top five stories which have emerged in the first week of Snooker’s biggest prize.
Giant killing- Cahill beats broken-down O’Sullivan
Amateur player James Cahill had come through three round of qualifying just to make it to the Crucible. His prize was world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan.
After racing into an 8-5 lead, O’Sullivan, who said after the match he had been suffering from insomnia, managed to peg back 23-year-old Cahill to level at 8-8.
After Cahill missed a crucial red in the penultimate frame, O’Sullivan then missed a chance at going 9-8 up when he missed the pink, handing Cahill a lead he would not relinquish.
With a break of 56 Cahill finished off O’Sullivan in the 18th frame to win 10-8 and cause perhaps the greatest shock in Crucible history.
Two three-time champions exit on Saturday
Defending champion Mark Williams was another big name to crash out early in Sheffield, going down 13-9 to David Gilbert.
Williams was taken to Northern General Hospital after complaining of chest pains, and was unable to overturn a 9-7 deficit going into the last session of the match.
William’s exit was not the only shock on Saturday. Former world number 1 Mark Selby missed out on a quarter-final spot to unseeded Gary Wilson 13-10.
Ex-taxi driver Wilson, competing in only his second World Championship, won the last three frames to end the hopes of the former world number one Selby, who relinquished the spot to O’Sullivan last year after a disappointing season.
The thunder from down under roles on
Neil Robertson has been in imperious form so far in this championship, and may be hitting the heights which made him World Champion in 2010.
Robertson steamrolled hapless Cypiot Michael Georgiou 10-1 in the first round before convincingly beating Shaun Murphy in the second-round.
Bingham, himself a former World Champion in 2005, was 10-6 down going into the final session and did not get a sniff as Robertson won 13-6.
Post-match, Bingham said the tournament should: “Get the engravers ready” for Robertson. It may just be the Australian’s time.
Second ever whitewash
Michael Georgiou may have been hapless against Robertson, but unlike China’s Luo Honhao he did manage to win a frame.
The debutant was drawn against Shaun Murphy in round one and suffered only the second ever whitewash in crucible history when he lost 10-0.
Eddie Charlton was the first player to achieve this unenviable feat, losing 10-0 in 1992 championships to John Parrott.
Trump in trouble
Earmarked alongside Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson as a favourite, Judd Trump could be another big name to exit the tournament early.
He currently trails 11-9 to Ding Junhui and on the brink on being knocked out.
If Trump loses tonight it could open up the lower half of the draw. Ding would be the highest seed in a draw which will contain at least one unseeded player in the semi-finals.