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Cahill ready to kick on

Amateur James Cahill says he wants to showcase his talents after he pulled off the biggest shock in Crucible history by beating five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-8 on Tuesday.

‘Rocket’ trailed 5-4 at the end of Monday’s play but the world number one never looked settled in Sheffield as he fell 8-5 behind at one point.

O’Sullivan continued to miss countless simple shots before finding some form with breaks of 104 and 89.

However, Cahill soon found his groove again and eventually sealed his place in the next round with a clearance of 53 in the final frame.

Cahill will now earn the biggest payday of his career after reaching the second round and the 23-year-old qualifier is ready to push on and make further progress.

He told BBC Sport: “I could barely stand up at the end. I am not really sure what to say. I scored a good pressure 70 to go 6-5 up and after that I felt like he was the one under pressure.

He didn’t want to lose to me. “I have always believed in myself and that I can beat anyone on my day. I want to show what I can do now.”

O’Sullivan’s exit now means Neil Robertson has become the favourite for the tournament at 4.00 to lift the trophy.

Mark Selby is 5.50 to succeed after his win in the first round, while Judd Trump is 8.00 to go all the way.

Trump currently trails 3-6 to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, while Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is also well behind, with Zhou Yuelong 7-2 in front ahead of Wednesday’s play.

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