'Lethal' O'Sullivan Into Eighth World Final

April 30, 2022

Ronnie O’Sullivan stayed on course for a milestone seventh Betfred World Championship title, as he beat John Higgins 17-11 to set up what could be one of the great Crucible finals against Judd Trump.

Higgins described his opponent as “lethal” as O’Sullivan treated the Sheffield crowd to a potting masterclass, making five centuries and 12 more breaks over 50 as he recovered an early 3-0 deficit to take 17 of the last 25 frames.

The Rocket is into his eighth Crucible final, having won the title in 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2020; his only final defeat was against Mark Selby in 2014.  He will face Trump over a possible 35 frames on Sunday and Monday for the trophy and £500,000 top prize. Victory would see O’Sullivan equal Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles which has stood since 1999, and raise his marvellous career to yet another high.

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