In the early morning of September 25, Beijing time, in the second round of the Snooker European Masters, O'Sullivan lost 4-5 to the 18-year-old European Youth Champion Hill.
O'Sullivan's first-round opponent Danny Wells retired due to a positive virus test, and the second round was the first time for Teacher Huo. O'Sullivan fell behind 1-3 in the first four games and brought the score to 4-3 after winning three straight games, but Hill then won two games in a row and finally beat O'Sullivan 5-4. O'Sullivan once broke 100 in the seventh inning. Hill is the European U21 champion, defeating former World Championship semi-finalist Hicks in the first round. He also defeated Wilson, the runner-up of the World Championships in a single limited time match last year.
Previously, O'Sullivan had criticized young players at the World Championships, thinking that he would not fall out of the top 50 even if he lacked an arm or a broken leg. He also pointed out that young players are at an amateur level. Hill said after the game: "That sentence is a bit vague in my mind, but I am not worried. When he said it, I said to myself, one day I will let him know what I can do. I think today It's a good day.
Hill also said: "I can't speak now. I'm not just here for sightseeing. I still want to win this game. If I lose after a 3-1 lead, I will be disappointed. I feel very much about the victory. Happy. Everyone in the family, my family and my friends must be very busy. I just looked at my phone and I want to wait until Christmas to get back to everyone."
Hill's opponent in the third round is two-time World Championship runner-up Matthew Stevens.