Ding Junhui powered to his first victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan for ten years to book a spot in the Semi-Finals of the 2017 World Championships at The mecca of snooker this afternoon.
Last year’s finalist Ding held a 10-6 overnight lead going into this afternoon’s final session, and despite ‘The Rocket’ showing signs of a revival the man known as “The Dragon kept his composure to complete a memorable victory and will now face Mark Selby in a repeat of last years final.
Mark Selby stroked in 3 outstanding century breaks on route to a demolition style performance over Marco Fu.
The defending World Champion who led 6-2 overnight continued his dominance powering in breaks of 52,57,65,132,139 and 143 as he swept aside the Hong Kong star with a session to spare at The Crucible.
The Flying Scotsman John Higgins powered past Kyren Wilson knocking in 6 breaks of 50 plus and also 2 stunning centuries (129 135) in a 13-6 win and will now face Barry Hawkins in the semi finals
Barry Hawkins is through to the semi-finals of the 2017 World Championship after completing a 13-9 victory over Stephen Maguire.
The man known as The Hawk booked his place in the semi finals for the fourth time in five years, and will face John Higgins for a place in the final.
Hawkins who led 9-7 following the earlier drama filled of their afternoon session was pegged back to 9-9 by an inspired Stephen Maguire but an outrageous fluke by Hawkins in frame 19 led to him making a century and completely changing the momentum of the match. A deflated Maguire could only sit and watch as Hawkins reeled of the next 3 frames to complete victory and is now only one match away from his second crucible final.