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Ronnie O'Sullivan has raised the familiar red flag of a retirement threat after accusing World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn of leading an institution that has bullied him.

Chinese 17-year-old Yan Bingtao is expected to have a big future in the sport and will tackle 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy first up.

World Snooker has responded to claims from Ronnie O'Sullivan, who says he has been "bullied" and "intimidated" by World Snooker authorities.

"I've just been doing more practice and putting in a lot more concentration", he admitted.

In 40 years of World Championship snooker in Sheffield, O'Sullivan has won the tournament five times.

"I have tried being open and it gets me in trouble, and I have to be in the right frame of mind to at least have a chance here".

"I have had it for five, six seven years and I'm done with it and this was fighting off something I didn't think I should have to".

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"I've given 25 years of service to this game and I think I've given enough".

Selby modestly said his performance "could have been better", and the 33-year-old added: "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".

"I played some of the best snooker I've ever played in 2012 and to have my little boy there to share that moment with me was probably the best moment of my life - not just in Sheffield - because little Ron was here", he said.

"I'll get on the practice table over the next few days and go and then go and watch Leicester (in the Champions League) on Tuesday night against Atletico Madrid - hopefully they can get through".

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. He left his opponent needing a snooker only for Wilson - who enjoyed knocks of 54, 64 and 63 - to claw his way back, force the required penalty points before ending within one frame with a glorious clearance. "Obviously when it got to 6-0, 7-0 I wasn't so comfortable, dreading I was going to have the bagel after my name, but winning that first frame was quite enjoyable because the crowd were willing me not to be whitewashed".

Away from the controversy, Monday sees former world champions Stuart Bingham and Peter Ebdon resume their first-round battle, with Bingham 5-4 ahead overnight.