Ronnie surged to a 5-0 lead, playing better than yesterday, but Martin Gould fought back, taking 3 frames on the trot, before Ronnie finished the match with a 6-3 score.
Here are a few images taken during the match by Tai Chegzhe. Thank you Tai!
Tomorrow Ronnie will face Stephen Maguire, who beat Joe Perry by 6-3 as well, having lead 5-0.
Here is the report on the BBC website:
UK Snooker Championship 2017: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Martin Gould
and the report on Worldsnooker
The Rocket lifted the trophy in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2014 and victory on Sunday night would see him match Steve Davis’s record of six crowns. O’Sullivan is chasing the 31st ranking title of his career and third within two months having won the English Open and Shanghai Masters. First, he will have to win a semi-final clash on Saturday afternoon (1pm start) against Stephen Maguire, who beat Joe Perry 6-3.
World number four O’Sullivan was off to a tremendous start today as breaks of 107 and 106 put him 2-0 up. He got the better of a fragmented third frame then took the fourth by clearing from the last red. And a 55 clearance in the next put him on the brink of victory at 5-0.
Londoner Gould made a spirited fight back by taking the next three frames with runs of 101, 61 and 70. But O’Sullivan’s 94 in frame nine put him into the last four. The result ends Gould’s hopes of a place in the Masters as he remains 18th in the race to Alexandra Palace.
O’Sullivan said: “I just battled and tried to be professional and leave every ounce I’ve got in me on the table. I’ve given up analysing it any more, I just go out there and just try to do my best. Today was probably a bit better than yesterday. I’m kind of detached and I won’t allow myself to get sucked in, I’m here on a bit of a vacation and I’ve picked up a bit of Christmas shopping money and had a bit of fun.
“Stephen Maguire is a great player, he’s been around for a long time and he’s hitting the ball well so hopefully it’ll be a good match for everyone. I really like him as a person, he’s a top guy – if he battered me I’d still be his mate.”
Videos of interest:
The match preview on ES:
The match (BBC):
The post-match BBC interview:
The match midsession with the pundits:
The match review: