Ronnie O’Sullivan was at his stunning best as he beat John Higgins to reach the Champion of Champions semi-finals.
After beating Stuart Bingham earlier in the day, the five-times world champion produced a fantastic display of attacking snooker to beat one of his closest rivals in today’s game to make the business end of the popular invitational event.
A 6-3 win over the Scot ensured O’Sullivan a place in Friday’s semi-final where he will meet Shaun Murphy.
The contest will be a repeat of last year’s Champion of Champions final which saw Murphy defy the odds and earn a surprise win.
But judging by O’Sullivan’s brilliance today, Murphy will need to put on awesome display if he is to repeat history.
O’Sullivan made six centuries today and at one stage against four times world champion Higgins was averaging a shot time of just 16 seconds.
Even being behind to Higgins at 3-2 didn’t phase the legendary star as he responded with breaks of 101, 137 and a match-winning break of 114 sealed a fantastic victory.
O’Sullivan has now made a total of 965 century breaks in his playing career – the highest anyone has achieved.
Murphy beat Jimmy Robertson and China’s number one star Ding Junhui on Monday to secure his place in the semi-final line-up. After the match he revealed his return to winning ways after a struggle for form was largely down to practicing with Fergal O’Brien.
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