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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 21:30 GMT 22:30 UK
Higgins ends O'Sullivan title bid
John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan
Higgins gained revenge for his defeat in the 2001 final
Ronnie O'Sullivan's bid for a third world title ended as he lost 13-9 to John Higgins in the quarter-final.

The Scot dominated the morning, going 11-5 up in the best-of-25-frame game to stand just two frames from victory.

After the restart O'Sullivan hit breaks of 48 and 70 as he took three of the first four frames to stay in the game.

A 93 break cut the gap to three frames but when he missed a long red in the next Higgins made no mistake and gained revenge for his 2001 final defeat.

From the outset, Higgins had the upper hand, with breaks of 91 and 73 as he opened up an early 3-1 lead.

But O'Sullivan struck back with breaks of 54 and 60 in a high-scoring match.

Higgins replied by notching the 350th competitive century of his career with a 110 clearance in the seventh frame for a 4-3 lead, although O'Sullivan won the next to ensure he ended the day on equal terms.

When the match resumed, once again Higgins was quickest out of the blocks, winning four in a row to go 8-4 up.

A 75 break gave O'Sullivan the next, but despite good starts in the next three frames, one of them with a break of 58, Higgins won them all to stretch his advantage.

A 62 clearance in the final frame of the morning meant the Scot had a long wait until the evening for the two frames he needed to secure his place in the last four.

It looked like nerves might be getting the better of him as O'Sullivan hinted a dramatic comeback could be on the cards, winning three of the first four frames of the evening session and ensuring play went on beyond the break.

But when they returned to the table, a missed long red let in Higgins and he made the most of his chance to advance to the semi-finals.

Afterwards, Higgins said the damage was done in the middle session when he got out of O'Sullivan's reach.

"It was just about keeping my composure at the end," he said.

"The standard wasn't that great in the first four of the morning session, Ronnie didn't play that well at all, but the final four frames were the turning points in the match.

"Obviously he was the favourite, he's a great player, he's won everything, but I fancied winning. I have beat him a few times and backed myself to win the match."


Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 9-13 John Higgins (Sco)
0-91 (91) 103-5 (89) 26-68 0-77 (73) 119-22 (54, 65) 84-17 (60) 6-126 (110) 77-8 (76) 37-81 49-71 (71) 2-105 24-74 (53) 87-1 (75) 58-65 (58, 65) 0-94 (94) 61-63 (62) 78-32 70-25 (70) 33-86 (58) 65-0 106-0 (93) 1-57


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