O’Sullivan to face Brown in closing

Ronnie O’Sullivan is a four-time winner of the Welsh Open
Dates: 15-21 February Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
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Ronnie O’Sullivan is thru to the ultimate of the Welsh Open after defeating Mark Williams 6-1 in Saturday’s night session in Newport.

It will likely be the sixth Welsh Open closing for O’Sullivan as he seems to be to equal John Higgins’ report of 5 titles.

Williams’ run was the very best end result for a Welshman since Michael White reached the quarter-finals in 2016.

O’Sullivan will face Jordan Brown, who beat Stephen Maguire 6-1 in his semi-final earlier on Saturday.

Williams received the opening body with a break of 73, however the Englishman quickly levelled the match with a 102 break to win the second body.

The third was performed at a slower tempo however a decided O’Sullivan made one other 77 break to take the body.

The six-time world champion continued strongly and took a 3-1 lead on the mid-session interval after a 54 break within the fourth.

O’Sullivan continued his dominant show to win the fifth body, the longest within the match at greater than 20 minutes, which at occasions appeared virtually inconceivable to win with the balls caught within the backside left nook of the desk.

Williams got here again and had an opportunity within the sixth however a close to miss on the brown ball within the prime left pocket gave O’Sullivan the prospect to pot the blue he wanted to win his fifth successive body.

O’Sullivan sealed victory within the seventh body to e book his place in Sunday’s closing.

Brown continued his exceptional Welsh Open run as he beat Scotland’s Stephen Maguire 6-1 within the Saturday’s afternoon session.

Northern Eire’s Brown, who has by no means gone past a rating match quarter-final earlier than this week, dominated from the off towards the Scotsman, making a 135 break within the opening body.

“All of the exhausting work and dedication is lastly paying off,” the world quantity 81 mentioned.

“Three years in the past I used to be working in a petroleum station serving prospects getting up at half 5, half six each morning.

“It is loopy to suppose since then the journey that I’ve had and being in a rating match closing is simply unbelievable.”

Day Seven schedule


Jordan Brown (NIr) v Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) (1300 and 1900 GMT)

Outcomes from Day Six


Stephen Maguire (Sco) 1-6 Jordan Brown (NIr)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 6-1 Mark Williams (Wal)

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