The five-times world champion was never at his brilliant best against an opponent he demolished 9-2 in the final of last season's English Open, but the turning point came when he won the 13th frame on the black.
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O'Sullivan completes victory over Wilson

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After O'Sullivan missed an easy blue to the green pocket, Wilson could not pot the simple blue he needed for a 7-6 lead as the Chigwell man returned to the table to clear blue, pink and black to pinch the frame with tension palpable in a packed arena.

O'Sullivan produces brilliant break of 135

It was all O'Sullivan after the mid-session break as runs of 88, 60 and 84 helped him ease into the final where he will face either Ding Junhui or Barry Hawkins on Sunday for a £200,000 first prize.
Remarkably, it is O'Sullivan's first competitive action of the season at a tournament he won last November when it was a ranking event.

O'Sullivan's magical three-ball plant

Breaks of 62 and 75 saw Kettering's Wilson forge a 2-0 advantage before O'Sullivan clicked into gear with knocks of 55, 52 and a lovely 135 helping him hit back for a 5-4 advantage after the afternoon session in Shanghai.
Wilson restored parity at 5-5 with a 62 only for a quickfire 83 the ideal response from O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan edges astonishing tension-packed frame

O'Sullivan missed several balls in seeing Wilson level at 6-6 before he pinched the pivotal 13th frame by a point to swing the momentum firmly back in his favour.
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