Ronnie O’Sullivan is into the Group 3 final of the Champion of Champions with a comfortable 4-2 win over Stuart Bingham.
The Rocket will face the winner of John Higgins v Ding Junhui later on Thursday after easing past the 2015 world champion.
O’Sullivan got off to a strong start with a closing break of 43 after Bingham missed a red to the middle which proved a costly mistake.
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But Bingham, who was not playing his best snooker, fought back with a break of 58 to level matters.
The six-time world champion found his groove in the third frame and moved into the lead with a brilliant 95 break that included a stunning red into the top right pocket.
In almost no time at all, he extended his advantage further as he followed up with a 57 break.
Bingham fought back and produced a timely 63 break, his highest of the match, but his blunder in the sixth frame cost him the match as he missed a straight red on 16.
O'Sullivan duly swept up and came out with a victory that puts him into the group final, effectively the quarter-finals, on Thursday evening.
Judd Trump, Kyren Wilson and Yan Bingtao are already through to the last four.
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16/01/2022 AT 22:03