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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 17:01 GMT
White stuns O'Sullivan
Jimmy White won four frames on the trot to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5
White staged a remarkable comeback to beat O'Sullivan
Jimmy White bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5
Frame scores (White's score first): 70-58 53-66 0-59 (51 break) 41-67 (50) 91-19 18-79 61-69 66-26 71-0 77-35 (72) 75-49

By the BBC's Clive Jones at Wembley.

Jimmy White roared back from the brink to defeat world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in a tension-packed quarter-final of the B&H Masters at Wembley.

The match may not have been a classic of break-building proportions - but the biggest afternoon crowd for 20 years was treated to an absolute thriller that went all the way to the wire.

The two most popular players in the game were locked into an enthralling contest - but veteran White, who has been written off in some quarters, came out on top.


Everybody wants Jimmy to win, simply because it's Jimmy - even some of my family
Ronnie O'Sullivan
The result ranks as one of the finest victories in recent years for White, who is widely regarded as the best player never to have won the world title.

O'Sullivan held the advantage at 3-1 and 5-2 before The Whirlwind clawed his way back in a nail-biting finale.

War at Wembley

White summed up a remarkable encounter when he said: "It was certainly a war, wasn't it?

"There was a lot of pressure out there for both of us. But I knew that something was going to happen for me soon, because I have been hitting the ball so well.

"I just want to win and show my skills."

O'Sullivan paid tribute to White, who was his hero in the late 1980s and early '90s.

He said: "Everybody wants Jimmy to win, simply because it's Jimmy - even some of my family.

"It's not easy to carry that kind of support and it is a credit to him that he can play under those circumstances."

But O'Sullivan admitted he was furious with himself for allowing White back into the match.

"Not once did I relax," he said. "I'm not saying I played badly, but I got beaten when I should have won.

"The wheels have come off a bit at the moment - it's just one of those things.

"It is history now and I can't turn the clock back."

Live coverage of B&H Masters snooker on BBC TV and Ceefax page 350.

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