Monday 21 October 2019

Ronnie rockets past Trump for final berth

Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after a shot during his match against Judd Trump, during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible
Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after a shot during his match against Judd Trump, during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible

John Skilbeck

Ronnie O'Sullivan rocketed to his fifth Betfair World Championship final as he brushed aside the challenge of Judd Trump.today at Sheffield's Crucible.

Armed with a 14-10 lead heading into the fourth session of their semi-final, the defending champion punished Trump's errors to move a frame away from victory, with a flicker of a recovery from the young pretender extinguished as O'Sullivan came through a 17-11 winner.

After almost a year out of snooker, the feat of reaching another Crucible showpiece match ranks among O'Sullivan's finest achievements.

He has already claimed this will be his last appearance at the World Championship, where he has won all four of the previous finals he has contested, and given the ease with which he has carved a path through to the title decider, that can only be good news for his rivals, including the inconsistent Trump.

Trump was 50-39 ahead in the opening frame today but missed a red to a corner pocket and O'Sullivan rifled in a 41 break.

O'Sullivan pinched the next after winning a tactical battle and finishing off with a crowd-pleasing 33.

Trump crashed in a 77 break to give himself the slightest hope, but the reprieve was all too brief as O'Sullivan creamed off breaks of 31 and 33 in the next frame to clinch a showdown with either Ricky Walden or Barry Hawkins in the two-day final, beginning tomorrow.

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