O’Sullivan takes sixth Masters title

Ronnie O’Sullivan drew level with Steven Hendry after taking his sixth Masters titles with a 10-1 demolition of Barry Hawkins.

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Hawkins took the first frame, recovering from a 40 point deficit, but the occasion seemed to get to the world number eight, having never actually won a game at the Masters before.

But O’Sullivan responded with a break of 70, followed by a magnificent clearance of 136 in a little over seven minutes. O’Sullivan made the most of Hawkins’ mistakes, taking the next three frames in scrappy fashion. But breaks of 77 and 72 ensured a 7-1 at the interval.

There were signs of an, albeit unlikely, comeback from Hawkins in the ninth frame, but O’Sullivan took it after fluking the pink, which cannoned off the jaw across the table only to be potted by the loose cue ball. That summed up Hawkins’ luck in the match, and O’Sullivan finished with breaks of 66 and 82 to claim the trophy in emphatic fashion.

After winning the title, O’Sullivan confirmed that he would compete at the World Championship in April, where a win would leave him one behind of Hendry’s record of seven World Championship wins.

Trump edges out Robertson in Masters

Judd Trump booked his place in the Masters semi-finals with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Neil Roberson. The world number five secured the deciding frame with his fourth century, the sixth of the match.

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Trump started the match well, racing to a 2-0 lead thanks to a 104 break in the second frame. But the Australian fought back taking the next two frames, including a tournament high 139, to draw level at the interval.

Trump responded well to the set back though, making 105 and 78 to restore his two frame cushion. only for number three seed Robertson to recover again. Trump bettered Robertson’s earlier break with a 140 to make it 5-4, but was again pegged back by the former World Champion. But a break of 129, started off by an audacious red in to the middle pocket, saw Trump through to Saturday’s semi final against Barry Hawkins.

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The other semi final will see Ronnie O’Sullivan, returning to competitive snooker after a nine month absence, take on the winner of tonight’s quarter final between John Higgins and Stuart Bingham.