Snooker news: O'Sullivan hammers Lisowski, Maguire dumps out world champion Williams
Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the quarter-finals of the UK Championship after beating Jack Lisowski 6-1 at the York Barbican.
The defending champion is still on track to make it a record seventh UK Championship title - one clear of Steve Davis' six - after recovering from losing the first frame to reel off six in a row and storm into the last eight.
The Rocket will now face either Ding Junhui or Martin O’Donnell in the quarter-finals, having hit back-to-back centuries to take his career tally to 982.
"I enjoy playing," said Sullivan, who celebrated his 43rd birthday in style. "I'm still not at my best, and it takes time to marry everything together, but I'm getting there.
"I still get super, super nervous. But you have to deal with the occasion. I haven't been great. But my consistency is better. As long as I can compete I have the appetite to play."
Lisowski came into the contest in form, but the world No 17 was made to pay for missing a string a routine pots.
The 27-year-old's highest break was 42 compared to O'Sullivan's 118 in the penultimate frame, and the five-time world champion was clinical as he swept to victory with the aid of two 50-plus breaks.
"The main focus of today was to stay present in the match and to stay strong," O'Sullivan added. "He started off really good and just missed a few easy balls.
"I just had to stay professional as I never thought at 3-1 or 4-1 I had this one in the bag."
Meanwhile, the world champion Mark Williams is out after he was beaten 6-5 by Stephen Maguire in the game of the round.
Maguire came back from 4-0 down at the mid-session interval, making breaks of 122, 120, 109 and 97 before sealing the final frame in breath-taking fashion.
"That's the best comeback I've ever made," Maguire said afterwards. "I had nothing to give in the first four frames. I'll never going into a match calm again, as I prefer to go in smashing everything about!"
The Scot will face the winner of the fourth-round contest between Mark Allen and Neil Robertson for a place in the semi-finals.
Back-to-back centuries in the final two frames helped Mark Allen win a titanic clash with Neil Robertson 6-5 in the late session.
The pair exchanged opening half-century breaks before Allen went to 3-1 at the interval.
Robertson fought back, winning three frames in a row to go ahead and showed particular grit to come back from what seemed like losing situations.
The Thunder from Down Under held off Allen to go to 5-4 but the reigning Masters champion rallied with a century to force a decider.
And he got in early and knocked in another ton to make it through to the next round.
In the final match of the evening, which finished after midnight, Tom Ford came from behind on four occasions to beat China's Lu Ning 6-5.