O’Sullivan reaches the Celtic Manor finals
World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Mark Williams 6-1 to reach the BetVictor Welsh Open final at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Tomorrow O’Sullivan will face number 81 in the world, Jordan Brown, who is competing in a ranking final for the first time. They will meet over the top 17 images for the Ray Reardon Trophy and a grand prize of £ 70,000.
The Rocket, which has already won the Welsh Open four times, is aiming for a record tomorrow that corresponds to its fifth title. That would draw him level with the Scotsman John Higgins.
That evening's encounter was the last in a rivalry that dates back to 1992 when both players turned professionals. The pair have 59 ranked titles, with six-time Crucible King O’Sullivan winning 37 against Williams & # 39; 22. O’Sullivan also has a considerable advantage in duels and is now leading 32-8.
Williams leans forward with the consolation of a spot in next week's Cazoo Players Championship secured by winning the quarter-finals with Tom Ford last night.
It was the Welshman who had the strongest start tonight. He composed a good run of 73 to get the start. O’Sullivan immediately hit back with a break of 103 to restore parity to 1: 1.
Further breaks from 77 and 54 gave him a 3-1 lead in the middle of the session. When they got back, the pair battled a tactical fifth frame of 21 minutes, with a mistake by Williams eventually allowing O’Sullivan to make 37 and take a 4-1 lead.
O’Sullivan then took sixth place before grabbing a comfortable 6-1 win after a break of 69.
“When you know you will be slapped in the face, you know you need to have a better defense. He was able to because I knew he played well and scored well. I had to be on my guard. I played pretty solid, "said 45-year-old O’Sullivan.
“It would be nice to win a tournament. The memories I had of Ray Reardon are far more important than any trophy, but it would be nice to pick up the trophy and say hello to Ray. I am sure he will watch at home.
“Jordan is a really good player. He has a good temper and is a good match player. He did well against a lot of very good opponents. I've seen his games in the past and he gave Selby a good game, it's always very difficult. I am impressed with the way he plays. "
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