Ronnie booked his place in the semi-finals this afternoon in Shanghai (morning in Europe) with a 6-2 victory over Stuart Bingham, and had two centuries which brings his tally to 950. And it was nice to see Zhu Ying in action again!
Ronnie will play Kyren Wilson over best of 19 tomorrow for a place in the Final.
Here are a few images thanks to Tai Chengzhe!
Ronnie O’Sullivan eased into the last four of the Shanghai Masters after a 6-2 defeat of Stuart Bingham.
The Rocket is competing in his first event of the 2018/19 campaign this week, having captured five ranking titles last season.
Bingham will now have to turn his attention to the China Championship, which begins in 11 days in Guangzhou.
It was Bingham who got off to the better start today. The 2015 World Champion snatched the opening frame on the black. However, from there O’Sullivan wrested control of proceedings. Breaks of 50 and 93 helped him to go into the mid-session 3-1 ahead.
When they returned the pair traded centuries, with the Rocket firing in a run of 111 before Bingham crafted a break of 134. O’Sullivan then reached a landmark 950 career centuries with a sublime 140 break to move one from victory at 5-2.
He then powered over the line thanks to a break of 72 in the eighth frame. Following the match the Rocket quipped that he may not be pushing too hard for 1000 centuries, despite closing within 50 of the target.
“I’m just going to get to 999 and keep you all waiting for as long as I want. You can sit here and talk about centuries all day, but I will decide when you get the 1000th one,” said O’Sullivan. “It is more of a buzz for you to write about and less of a buzz for me. I get more enjoyment out of keeping you all sweating.”
And the match: