O'Sullivan off in a sulk

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Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered an embarrassing defeat in the European Open in Malta yesterday - and then claimed he might quit the sport.

The former United Kingdom and Masters champion looked uninterested for much of his first-round match before losing 5-1 to the methodical Scot, Chris Small. O'Sullivan, who slammed the balls about indiscriminately during the last frame and took on a number of highly ambitious pots, added: "I couldn't wait to get out of there. I am just playing terrible. I hate the game and I don't want to play any more."