Sport Ronnie O'Sullivan survives scare to reach last eight in UK Championship

02:40  08 december  2017
02:40  08 december  2017 Source:   Press Association

Ronnie O’Sullivan claims sixth UK Championship title and earns share of records

  Ronnie O’Sullivan claims sixth UK Championship title and earns share of records O’Sullivan equals Steve Davis’ record for the most triumphs at this event . And O’Sullivan also hauled himself level with Stephen Hendry’s all-time record haul of 18 titles at the sport’s Triple Crown majors, which are made up of the UK Championship, World Championship and Masters.There is no sign of the Rocket slowing down, unlike Hendry and Davis who by this stage in their careers had entered a steep decline.Murphy hailed O’Sullivan as “the greatest”.

Bingham, the conqueror of Ronnie O ' Sullivan , found amazing resolve to battle back to 8 - 8 but could not complete the job as Robertson took a lengthy decider to reach his first UK final. Still going strong: Neil Robertson in action during his UK Championship semi-final win against Stuart Bingham.

Mark Williams survived a huge scare against Liam Highfield before eventually prevailing 6-5 in a nail-biting decider to book a quarter-final date with Ronnie O ' Sullivan in the Quarter-Finals of the UK Championship at the York Barbican Centre.

Ronnie O'Sullivan made it to the last eight in the UK Championship: Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Twelve - Crucible Theatre © PA WIRE Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Twelve - Crucible Theatre

Ronnie O'Sullivan survived a major scare to edge out world number 84 Sunny Akani 6-5 in the UK Championship.

Five-time tournament winner O'Sullivan squeezed home in the deciding frame, after Akani blew the chance to wrap up victory when leading 5-4.

O'Sullivan will now meet Martin Gould in the quarter-finals, and will doubtless be relieved to have prevailed over Thailand's 22-year-old Akani, who led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 in an enthralling encounter.

Five-time world champion O'Sullivan remains on course for yet another title at the York Barbican, but must clearly sharpen up after a patchy effort on Thursday night.

The 2008 tournament winner Shaun Murphy stormed past Ricky Walden 6-1, to book a quarter-final against Mark King.

"On another day it could have been closer," Murphy told the BBC.

"It was a bit tighter than the score suggests. I picked up a few of his crumbs.

“He had chances and didn't take them."

Mark Joyce saw off Lyu Haotian 6-4 to book a last-eight showdown with Wales' Ryan Day.

Ronnie O'Sullivan claims sixth UK Championship title and earns share of records .
Ronnie O'Sullivan grabbed a share of two of snooker's great records as he landed his sixth Betway UK Championship title in stunning fashion. The 42-year-old crushed 2008 champion Shaun Murphy's hopes of a second success at the tournament as he pulled away in the evening to clinch a 10-5 victory at the York Barbican.O'Sullivan racked up breaks of 75, 104, 76, 103, 86 and 59 in a session where he produced a performance of the highest standard, swiftly and majestically tying up victory and pocketing the £170,000 top prize.In triumphing once again, he matched Steve Davis for the most triumphs at this event.

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