Ronnie O'Sullivan prepared for the new snooker season by taking part in the Championship League behind closed doors at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

After miraculously equaling Stephen Hendry's record haul of seven world titles at the Crucible earlier this year, O'Sullivan will focus on avoiding the Scot in this sporting event.

The Rocket outplayed Judd Trump in May, 18 frames to 13, as he cruised to his seventh Sheffield triumph after a two-day battle

with Ace in the Pack to cap off another magnificent tournament at the Crucible Theatre, the home of snooker.

However, his season will take off after the setback. He failed to qualify from his group, with Pang Junxu dominating the group Rocket

was in to qualify for the final stage, which starts on Friday. O’Sullivan’s fate in the tournament was sealed when Junxu secured a comfortable 3-1 win

over him on Wednesday on their way to top of the group. Chinese players are dominating the rankings so far, with five already through to the final stage

with the sport's rapid astronomical rise in the Asian country having been paved the way by Ding Junhui and Marco Fu.