Ronnie O'Sullivan pegged back by Gary Wilson

Judd Trump

"I picked up the cue all because of watching him", said Yan.

Six-time Crucible runner-up White, now 54, and 47-year-old 1997 world champion Doherty were facing uncertain futures in the game after tumbling down the rankings.

"Mark Selby here is especially tough to beat but there's no one else particularly to fear", world number two Trump told Press Association Sport.

The five-time world champion said he was still waiting to receive his trophy for winning the Masters in January, aiming a series of tweets, the first of which was addressed to WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson.

"Mark is world No.1 and the reigning world champion - it's now his time and he's been making the most of that", said O'Sullivan, who last won the World Championship in 2013 and lost to Selby in the 2014 final.

After a long, hectic campaign it's come down to 32 players at the greatest stage of them all, the Crucible Theatre, with global glory within reach.

O'Sullivan has deliberately and repeatedly given one-word answers to questions he has faced after matches, while in an ITV interview at the World Grand Prix in February he gave a series of responses in a robotic voice.

Wilson turned to driving taxis when the early years of his chosen career proved a struggle, but better recent fortunes have seen him able to concentrate on snooker. I just want to play and have fun. "I won't get involved anymore because I am not being bullied".

"I like Barry, but I'm not being intimidated or bullied any more".

Wallsend cueman Wilson is making his Crucible debut after coming through the qualifying rounds in dazzling style, firing eight centuries over three matches including a 147 maximum break.

"I still thoroughly enjoyed it", he said.

"I'm just fortunate I've got a very good friend who's got very good lawyers and they've got my back".

"I need to be in the right frame of mind to have a chance".

"I love to play and it is extra special at the Crucible".

Selby was disappointed he too had not managed a similar feat, saying: "I was gutted not to come out 9-0 after the first session, knowing there'd only been one whitewash here and it'd be nice to get another one".

That graft at the Grove Academy in Romford, Essex, definitely seems to be paying off for a player who is an avid follower of social media.

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