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O'Sullivan dominates, Trump triumphs: Riyadh season Snooker Masters reach thrilling semis

Posted : 06 March 2024

Ronnie O'Sullivan displayed a dominant performance as he convincingly defeated John Higgins 4-0 to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker. O'Sullivan's exceptional play included three century breaks in the first three frames, culminating in a final-frame break of 82 for the resounding victory. Meanwhile, Higgins struggled to make an impact, failing to pot a red throughout the game, with his only points coming from a foul.


In the semi-finals, O'Sullivan is set to face Judd Trump, who mounted a comeback from being 2-0 down to defeat Shaun Murphy 4-3. The thrilling match saw Trump showcasing resilience and skill, earning him a spot in the last four. Another exciting semi-final matchup will feature Mark Allen, who fought back from a 3-1 deficit to overcome Mark Selby 4-3, against Luca Brecel, who secured a 4-1 victory over Ali Carter.


Mark Allen's spirited performance included a comeback from 2-0 down against Selby, ultimately prevailing in a closely contested match. Meanwhile, Brecel capitalized on Carter's frustration, with the latter blaming a scoreboard mistake for a crucial error in a pivotal moment of the game.


The semi-finals, followed by the best-of-nine-frame final, are scheduled for Wednesday, with the winner set to claim a substantial £250,000 from the total prize fund of £800,000. The tournament introduces a unique element with the inclusion of a golden ball, valued at 20 points, offering players the opportunity to attempt a record 167 break if they complete a 147. The golden ball remains on the top cushion throughout the frame, signaling the chance for a historic achievement.


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