RONNIE O’Sullivan’s winning comeback continued as he cruised into the quarter-finals with victory over Ali Carter.
The Rocket, who had almost a year out of the game prior to the World Championship, was in superb form this evening as he ended Carter’s hopes of landing his first world title for a second year running in a 13-8 victory.
Leading 9-7 from yesterday’s second session, O Sullivan made a perfect start to the evening after a brilliant double on the final red and an excellent positional shot from the final brown to blue increased his lead to three frames.
Carter, aiming to beat O’Sullivan for just the second time in his career, hit back with a break of 86 to go back to just two frames behind.
But O’Sullivan was in pinnacle form and quick-fire breaks of 88 and 106 put him on the verge of victory as he led 12-8 at the mid-session interval.
Unlike Carter’s second round victory over Judd Trump last year, there was not to be an epic comeback as another fluent break of 89 saw O’Sullivan clinch another impressive win.
O’Sullivan will face Stuart Bingham in the quarter-finals and stands just three wins away from completing what could be regarded one of the most successful sporting comebacks in history.
And elsewhere, Chester’s Ricky Walden reached his first ever World Championship quarter-final despite being kept on his toes against a determined Robert Milkins.
Walden, who won the Wuxi Classic this season, was forced to battle hard against the Gloucester man but did enough on the night – winning 13-11.
Walden will next face Welshman Michael White with both players looking to make it through to the famous one table set up at the Crucible for the first time.