Delu holds nerve to shock O’Sullivan

Yu Delu. Picture by Monique Limbos

Yu Delu. Picture by Monique Limbos

CHINA’s Yu Delu recorded one of his biggest wins of his career as a surprise victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan put him through to the last eight of the PTC Grand Finals.

The 26-year-old, ranked number 48 in the world, came back from behind to beat the five-times world champion and secure a place in the quarter-finals.

O’Sullivan, who went into the match unbeaten so far in 2014, looked like winning the first frame with a break of 64 but Delu fought back to win it clearing from the final red.

The Rocket levelled before a well compiled break of 102 put Delu back in front at 2-1. But two breaks of 50 plus levelled matters again before a 140 total clearance put O’Sullivan ahead for the first time at 3-2.

But Delu came back dominating the sixth frame before a break of 57 in the all-important decider helped claim a memorable win.

Judd Trump ended Shaun Murphy’s fine form with a 4-0 win. The Bristol ace will play Joe Perry in the quarter-finals after breaks of 98 and 128 helped him to a 4-1 win over David Gilbert.

Four-times world champion John Higgins made it three major ranking quarter-finals in a row after he battled his way to a 4-2 win over Ben Woollaston.

Next for the Scot is Hong Kong’s Marco Fu who beat Mark Williams 4-2.

Despite losing the opening frame, Mark Allen was in impressive form as he beat Fergal O’Brien 4-1. Allen will take on Gerard Greene in an all Northern Ireland encounter after he edged to a 4-3 win over Anthony Hamilton.

PTC Grand Finals – Quarter-Finals

Mark ALLEN vs Gerard GREENE
John HIGGINS vs Marco FU







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