O’Sullivan unhurt in car crash after world final defeat

BEATEN world snooker finalist Ronnie O’Sullivan escaped unhurt from a car crash just hours after losing at the Crucible to new world No1 Mark Selby.

O’Sullivan, travelling from Sheffield to his Chigwell home with six-year-old son Ronnie Jnr, is said to have spun into the central reservation on the M1 near Leicester at approximately 1.30am yesterday after his Audi R8 sports car hit a pool of standing water.

His manager Sonny Nath said: “They are fine. They were a bit shaken as you would expect, but nobody went to hospital and there was nobody else injured.”

O’Sullivan was beaten 18-14 by Selby, the Leicester player recovering from a 10-5 deficit during Sunday’s second session to lift his maiden world crown.

Yet the 38-year-old said: “I’ve never been in such a good place. Four or five years ago, I would have thrown the towel in but I’m proud of how I stuck in there.”