At the World Grand Prix in Leicester, Ronnie O’Sullivan made…

At the World Grand Prix in Leicester, Ronnie O’Sullivan made progress but had no fun.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has once again raised doubts about his snooker career after defeating Zhou Yuelong 4-3 to get to the World Grand Prix quarterfinals in Leicester.

Four days following his contentious victory over Ali Carter in the eighth Masters, O’Sullivan declared he was no longer enjoying his relatively easy path through competitions.

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes admission about his attitude to snooker which  enrages fans - Irish Mirror Online

“I really have to think about whether I can continue feeling the way I’m feeling out there—I just don’t get any enjoyment from the way I’m hitting the ball,” O’Sullivan said to ITV4.

“I feel like it’s just hard work, I haven’t a clue where the balls are going, and a lot of it’s just guess-work.

“The worst thing is you’re winning bloody tournaments as well. If I was getting pumped every round playing like that it would be an easy decision to make.”

O’Sullivan had eased into a two-frame lead with breaks of 67 and 107 and looked set to extend that advantage before he missed a red to the top pocket to run aground on a break of 50 in the next.

Yet to beat O’Sullivan in their five previous encounters, Zhou responded in style with a 76 to narrow the deficit, then a nerveless 102 to level the match and confirm the change in momentum.

Zhou, who had recovered from a three-frame deficit to push O’Sullivan to a final frame decider in their most recent meeting at the UK Championship in December, responded to falling behind again with breaks of 65 and 66 to force the decider.

The Chinese player got in first and potted a red and black, but missed his chance to the middle and O’Sullivan swept up with aplomb with a nerveless 90 to seal another seemingly unsatisfactory win.

“It’s been happening like this for 25 or 30 years, so it’s nothing new,” O’Sullivan added.

“It’s the only thing I’ve known and it’s hard not to do this because it’s my job, it’s all I know, so I’ve struggled through it.

“But I can’t accept bad cueing, I’d rather cue well and lose than cue awful and win tournaments. I get no satisfaction out of it, I really don’t.”

O’Sullivan will face Gary Wilson in the last eight after the reigning Northern Ireland Open champion saw off Tom Ford 4-2.

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