O’Sullivan rockets into final with cruising victory

Ronnie O'Sullivan. Picture by Monique Limbos

Ronnie O’Sullivan. Picture by Monique Limbos

RONNIE O’Sullivan will be playing for his fifth Masters title on Sunday after he completed a solid 6-2 victory over Stephen Maguire.

The reigning world champion will hope to add to his 1995, 2005, 2007 and 2009 triumphs when he takes on Mark Selby in what will be the third Masters final between the pair in recent years.

Just like his previous wins this week against Robert Milkins and Ricky Walden, O’Sullivan cruised to victory delighting the crowd with some brilliant snooker on the baize.

Despite losing the first frame, O’Sullivan took full control wining the next five frames before later sealing the match in true style hitting a superb century break.

The night was one to forget for Maguire who failed to repeat the impressive performance which saw him defeat world number one Neil Robertson just 24 hours earlier.

But it was the Scot who made the brighter start as a well compiled break of 98 gave him a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for Maguire as he was made to several missed opportunities against the world champion.

A brilliant plant shot led O’Sullivan to level the scores before he won the next two frames with a top break of 73 to take control leading 3-1.

Maguire looked set to reduce his arrears after the interval but failed to take his chance as a missed red along the cushion resulted in O’Sullivan clearing up for a 4-1 lead.

Another glaring missed red in the next by last season’s Welsh Open winner made his task even harder as O’Sullivan’s break of 59 put him on the verge of victory.

The win appeared assured in the seventh frame until, to everyone’s surprise, O’Sullivan missed a simple blue. Maguire took the chance well with a clearance of 48 to make it 5-2.

But O’Sullivan saved the best to last as a faultless break of 129 secured his spot in the final.

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