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Perfect day: John Higgins

Perfect day: John Higgins

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Perfect day: John Higgins

As Sundays go it is hard to top John Higgins', who watched his beloved Celtic win the SPL before booking his place in the Betfred World Snooker Championship quarter-finals.

Higgins, who is seeking a fifth title at the Crucible Theatre, thrashed English qualifier Jack Lisowski 13-1 - giving him a lesson on how to handle the big occasion.

And he will now face either Judd Trump or Ricky Walden for a place in the semi-finals for a ninth time.

With Ronnie O'Sullivan now out of the tournament alongside Mark Selby, the path is beginning to clear for Higgins to launch a serious assault on the title once again and the signs are looking good.

"I was watching at my apartment on Sky Go just before I was leaving. It was a good match, I arrived in a very good mood," he said. "I was happy to be 8-0 up but I thought Celtic should have won 8-0.

"I was very surprised but also, I know you are trying to stay professional and think you have to be ruthless and things, I felt for him a little bit.

"A few years ago I played Stephen Hendry here and I lost a session 7-1 or 8-0. It is the worst feeling in the world and the worst venue in the world when you are struggling."

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Higgins moved 10-0 ahead early yesterday and, after Lisowski got on the board, he rattled in the highest break of the tournament - a brilliant 146 that so easily could have been a maximum 147.

A slight error on a red left the black impossible to pot and he instead settled for the pink, which allowed him to beat Ryan Day's 145 and put him top of the leaderboard with a score that could potentially earn him £10,000.

Watch the snooker World Championship LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds


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