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January 18, 2022

Snooker: Higgins prevails over O’Sullivan

John Higgins overcame his great rival Ronnie O’Sullivan 13-10 on Wednesday night in the World Championship quarter-finals to book a semi-final with Mark Williams, bbc.co.uk informs. O’Sullivan led 7-4 at one stage but the Scot won the last three frames of the second session to level matters at 8-8.

He won the first on the resumption before O’Sullivan knocked in 116, but Higgins proved the more consistent.

He won three frames in a row before O’Sullivan rallied with 94, but a fluke allowed Higgins to seal it with 79.

It was an unfortunate way for O’Sullivan – also a three-time Crucible champion – to ultimately lose, but he wasted several opportunities in the final session when well placed.

“At 8-5 down I thought I was on my way out of the tournament because Ronnie’s the best front-runner we’ve got,” the 35-year-old Higgins said. “You can forget it sometimes. So it was lucky for me he missed a few he wouldn’t normally miss”.

O’Sullivan, who made the quarter-finals on the back of four first-round defeats in major events, conceded Higgins was a worthy victor, despite both missing a number of easy chances. “I made far too many elementary mistakes which is unforgivable at this level, or any level, even amateur level,” Ronnie said. “I can’t sit here and say I deserved to win because I don’t think I did. I think I did well to get 10 frames.”

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