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Ronnie O'Sullivan reaches semi-finals at World Open

WORLD OPEN
Venue: SECC, Glasgow Dates: 18-26 September Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button and BBC Sport website (UK only); Listen on BBC Radio 5 live for regular updates; Comprehensive reports on the BBC Sport website & mobiles


Ronnie O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan pounces on Maguire miss

Ronnie O'Sullivan produced some of his best snooker as he beat Stephen Maguire 3-1 at the World Open in Glasgow to set up a semi-final against Peter Ebdon.

Maguire won the first frame with breaks of 58 and 59, and was 51-0 up in the second before missing a tricky red to let in O'Sullivan for an 81 clearance.

'The Rocket' rattled in a 116 break in the next and signed off in style with two breaks of 62 to clinch victory.

He will face Ebdon in the semis while Mark Williams will play Neil Robertson.

"That was the best three frames I've put together in a while, I very rarely do that in a match or in practice," said O'Sullivan, who has not won a ranking tournament since the Shanghai Masters 12 months ago.

606: DEBATE

"I've never doubted my competitiveness, I've never doubted my resilience.

"I know what I'm capable of and I know what's inside me."

Sunday's match with Ebdon will see a contrast in styles between the speedy O'Sullivan and the pedestrian Ebdon, and O'Sullivan joked that it was a relief the match was only being played in a short format.

"It's only five frames. (If it is) 35 frames and you're not playing well against him you're bang in trouble. It'll ruin you," he said.

All four players in Sunday's semi-finals are current or former world champions.

Ebdon sealed his place in the last four with a cagey 3-1 win over Martin Gould.

Ebdon sealed the opener with a break of 31 but a 56 in the next saw Gould level it.

Peter Ebdon

Re-spotted black puts Ebdon in command

The third frame saw Gould get a snooker on the blue and pot the last three colours to force a re-spotted black, but Ebdon potted it to edge ahead.

Gould wasted a good opportunity to take the match into a decider when he went out of position on a red and the 2002 world champion pulled out a superb 77 break to complete victory.

"Martin is a very good player and it is an excellent win for me," said Ebdon, who is now set to return to the elite top 16 after dropping out at the end of last season.

"I put myself under a lot of pressure at the start of the week to do well and it is fantastic."

Mark Williams was the first player through to the semi-finals, becoming the first player in the event to come back from 2-0 down in beating China's Ding Junhui 3-2.

The Welshman suffered an unfortunate kick in the opener and a miss on a red saw Ding take it with a break of 81.

A run of 45 in the next helped the world number four go 2-0 up before a break of 40 saw Williams pull one back.

After taking the fourth to level it, he led 49-0 in the decider before a Ding miss on the green saw Williams seal it.

"He pretty much outplayed me for the first two frames but I managed to dig in and scrape the win," Williams told BBC Sport.

"I thought he was going to clear up in the last frame but he missed a tough green into the middle and that left me to win the match.

Neil Robertson

Robertson eases into semis

"Once you go 2-0 down to someone like Ding you don't come back too often so I am over the moon."

His semi-final opponent will be reigning world champion Neil Robertson, after the Australian beat Ricky Walden 3-1 in the final match of the day.

Walden had chances, but the Australian showed world champion form as he punished any slip-ups.

He won the second frame with a 53 break after Walden missed an easy pink, and sealed his victory with a 78 break, after the Englishman played his way out of a tight snooker but left the white perfectly placed for Robertson to run away with the match.



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