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Ronnie O'Sullivan ousts John Higgins to reach English Open quarters

Superb O'Sullivan holds nerve in deciding frame to oust Higgins
By Eurosport

19/10/2017 at 20:50Updated 19/10/2017 at 23:00

Ronnie O'Sullivan edged past John Higgins 4-3 in an enthralling encounter to reach the English Open quarter-finals.

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Having breezed past Zhang Yong 4-1 earlier in the day - which featured a bizarre moment with an intruder - O'Sullivan continued his fine form in Barnsley as he overcame the four-time world champion with a final-frame break of 91.

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Higgins led the tie three times, opening up with an impressive 138, but O'Sullivan responded superbly each time he trailed by a frame before clinching the decider.

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There were remarkable scenes earlier in the day as O'Sullivan's match against Yong ended with a woman from the crowd getting past security and onto the table.

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O'Sullivan responded in good spirit, allowing the woman to have a go at potting the last black, which she missed on two occasions.

"I didn’t know what she was doing first. But she said to me I’m just having a jog," said O'Sullivan. "I said to her 'well go on then have a jog then'. And you might as well have a shot while you’re at it'. I really wanted her to pot it."

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Meanwhile, Judd Trump was knocked out by fellow Englishman Jack Lisowski, who won the final two frames to clinch it 4-3.

Elsewhere, Neil Robertson beat Aditya Mehta 4-1 to reach the quarters, while Shaun Murphy was dumped out 4-1 by Swiss Alexander Ursenbacher.

English Open Last 16 Results

Jack Lisowski 4-3 Judd Trump

Kyren Wilson 4-0 Xiao Guodong

Anthony McGill 4-3 Yan Bingtao

Michael White 4-3 James Wattana

Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-3 John Higgins

Neil Robertson 4-1 Aditya Mehta

Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1 Shaun Murphy

Hossein Vafaei 4-1 Andrew Higginson