Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

O'Sullivan races into quarter-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan last night booked his place in the quarter-finals of the UK Championship with a comfortable 9-3 win over Peter Ebdon at the Telford International Centre.

‘The Rocket’ will take on Mark Selby in a mouth-watering last eight clash.

World champion John Higgins held off a stiff challenge from Neil Robertson to secure his place in the quarter-finals with a dramatic 9-8 win.

It was a thrilling encounter between two players who seem to bring the best out of each other — though it was tough on Robertson who suffered a moment of bad fortune in the final frame.

Higgins got in with an excellent long opener after Robertson missed a tough red to the right middle which seemed to be affected by a kick.

From there the Scot did not look back, producing a nerveless break of 69 to leave Robertson needing a snooker, which the Australian could not find.

Ali Carter had a 9-5 victory against Stephen Lee, first round deciding frame winner over Antrim’s Mark Allen.

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