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O’Sullivan knocks in two centuries during victory over Higgins

O’Sullivan knocks in two centuries during victory over Higgins
By Eurosport

08/03/2019 at 16:33Updated 08/03/2019 at 22:33

Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is into the semi-finals of the Players Championship after beating John Higgins 6-4 on Friday, a victory that featured two centuries.

The five-time world champion O'Sullivan put together runs of 101, 92, 116 and 53 on his way to a sixth semi-final of the season.

The pair exchanged opening frames and O’Sullivan went 2-1 before Higgins rolled in a break of 96 to level proceedings. However, O’Sullivan then went one better, notching in a break of 101, his 996th career century.

A follow-up break of 96 then put The Rocket two up before Higgins pulled one back again.

Another O’Sullivan ton, this time of 116, put the defending champion one way from victory and after Higgins took his fourth frame The Rocket sealed victory over his fellow Class of '92 member with a break of 53.

O’Sullivan is now on 997 career centuries as he chases the elusive 1000th ton, and he will face Mark Allen for a place in the final on Saturday evening.

In the first semi-final on Friday evening former champion of the world Neil Robertson defeated Masters winner Judd Trump 6-4.

Trump opened up in blistering fashion, taking the opening two frames with breaks of 62 and 100.

However Robertson responded and a mammoth break of 140, as well runs of 71, 54 and 68 put him in a commanding lead of 5-3.

Trump pulled one back but Robertson kept his calm and continued his fine form to book his place in the final.