Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan withdraws from Haikou World Open
The three-times world champion has been in peak form in recent times claiming victory in the German Masters in Berlin and reaching the last four of the Welsh Open in Newport.
"I am very sorry. Despite my illness I have been competing well in recent weeks and was greatly looking forward to taking part in the World Open and meeting my fans in China," commented O’Sullivan.
"However, I have to listen to my body sometimes and I have decided that I will be in better shape for the climax of the season and the World Championships if I listen to my doctor and spend the next few weeks resting.
"I hope I can make it to Ireland and China in March and look forward to seeing you all soon."
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