Saturday 24 March 2018

Snooker: Higgins takes advantage of Rocket misfire to progress

John Higgins is through to the semi-final. Photo: Getty Images
John Higgins is through to the semi-final. Photo: Getty Images

John Skillbeck

John Higgins punished a series of mistakes by Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Crucible last night to come out on top of their World Championship quarter-final.

The Scot had trailed 8-5 during the afternoon session but won eight of the next 10 frames to tie up a 13-10 victory.

In a high number of those frames, O'Sullivan led, missed reasonably easy balls and was made to pay by the opponent he regards as the sport's most complete player.

Higgins proved himself a better finisher than his fellow three-time former Crucible champion, sealing his victory with a fine break of 79.

O'Sullivan praised Higgins for the victory, but said he had missed opportunities himself. "John played well," said O'Sullivan. "It was a tough game to be involved in. I had enough chances to win it but just didn't take them."


Meanwhile, Judd Trump warned it will take a lot to stop him after he powered past another former world champion to reach the semi-finals.

The 21-year-old from Bristol had to come through qualifying for the World Championship, but is now just two wins away from the title.

He beat 2006 champion Graeme Dott 13-5 -- with breaks of 67 and 78 seeing him complete victory in just two frames yesterday afternoon -- and goes on to face Ding Junhui, who beat Mark Selby 13-10, for a place in the final.

"I do feel a bit invincible at the moment, it's a good feeling to have," Trump said. "But at any stage of this tournament anybody could beat me 13-3 or 13-4 because the standard is so high. But I know I can do that to the rest of the players."

Trump now faces the one-table situation at the Crucible for the first time, with his semi-final getting under way this afternoon.

Mark Williams is through to the last four for the first time since 2003, the year he landed his second world title.

The 36-year-old Welshman was a 13-5 winner over Northern Ireland's Mark Allen and now takes on Higgins.

Williams will take the occasion in his stride, just as he has all his matches so far.

The 2000 and 2003 world champion was chatting about football in the media room just five minutes before his second session began against Allen.

"I'm relaxed most of the time," he said.

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