Ronnie O'Sullivan finding world bid so 'easy'
Ronnie O'Sullivan admitted he was surprised with the "easy" nature of his victory as he demolished Shaun Murphy to reach today's semi-finals of the Dafabet World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.
The defending champion completed a 13-3 win with a session to spare as he capitalised on a host of mistakes and will face Barry Hawkins, who dramatically beat Dominic Dale in a deciding frame.
"You just never know what type of match you're going to get," said O'Sullivan, who beat Hawkins 18-12 in last year's final.
"You can expect a really tough match and it turns out easy like it did with Shaun. I didn't expect to win it that easy to be fair. He's a free-scoring great potter.
"He just missed a few balls and let me in quite easily. I still had to pot them but I didn't have to fight for my chances."
O'Sullivan claimed seven of the eight frames yesterday after overcoming an early 2-0 deficit to lead 6-2 overnight.
The five-time champion added the opening two in the morning to stretch his advantage before Murphy got a frame back in the 11th but O'Sullivan followed that with a break of 118 to take a 9-3 lead into the mid-session interval.
The restart was delayed for a short while due to a problem with the scoreboard and when play resumed O'Sullivan made a break of 59 before giving Murphy a glimmer of hope.
Murphy looked to be heading for a rare frame success but missed a routine pink and O'Sullivan gratefully took the opportunity to extend his lead further.
A missed green off the spot in the next frame summed up Murphy's performance as O'Sullivan again capitalised, closing out a comprehensive victory.
Murphy said: "Maybe I was due a good smashing up. (It's) very tough to take."
Mark Selby also breezed through to the semi-finals, beating Alan McManus 13-5.