Ronnie O'Sullivan hits four centuries in five frames to reach semi-finals in only 55 minutes
Ronnie O'Sullivan hit four tons in only five frames in a quite magnificent 5-0 win over Xiao Guodong in the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix.
The five-times world champion missed only seven pots and enjoyed runs of 105, 102, 101, 48, 55 and 106 to progress in only 55 minutes against the world number 29 Xiao at Preston's Guild Hall.
O'Sullivan will face Stephen Maguire on Friday night for a place in Sunday's final after the former UK champion completed a 5-2 win over Shaun Murphy.
“I do sometimes praise myself and that was a very good match. I can play like that quite a lot of the time, so you can understand when I don’t play like that why I get frustrated,” said O'Sullivan.
“I think a lot of it is to do with looking after myself. I’ve been working with a nutritionist and I feel like I’ve got more energy and feel a lot healthier.
“I think I have a slight advantage because I don’t need to chase ranking points and I’m not motivated by that. So I come in a lot fresher and that is where my longevity will come through.”
O'Sullivan - winner of the English Open, Shanghai Masters and UK Championship - is chasing a fourth ranking victory of the season in what is already shaping up to be one of his most successful seasons in the sport.
Second round (best of seven frames)
- Michael White 4-0 Joe Perry
- Neil Robertson 0-4 Mark Selby
- Ding Junhui 4-1 Mark Joyce
- Anthony McGill 4-1 Stuart Bingham
Quarter-final draw (best of nine frames)
- Thursday 7pm
- Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-0 Xiao Guodong
- Shaun Murphy 2-5 Stephen Maguire
- Friday 1pm
- Michael White v Mark Selby
- Ding Junhui v Anthony McGill
Semi-final draw (best of 11 frames)
- Friday 7pm
- Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stephen Maguire
- Saturday 7pm
- White/Selby v Ding/McGill
Final (best of 19 frames)
- 1pm and 7pm