Ronnie beat Shaun Murphy by 6-3 in a rematch of last year’s final … to book his place in this year’s final. It’s the fifth time that Ronnie reaches the final, in five participations to the tournament.
Ronnie wasn’t at his best and, in his press conference, admitted that he had felt edgy all day. There were signs of frustration but he managed to regain his discipline pretty quickly. After the match, not for the first time, he said that this is the kind of match he would have lost before his work with Steve Peters.
One might wonder why, with these stats, I say that Ronnie wasn’t at his best, especially knowing that he finished the match with 95% pot success. The thing is that Shaun was in first with a chance in almost every frame. Ronnie capitalised well on his opponent’s mistakes but wasn’t creating his own chances. That said, his safety game was quite decent, but his long potting was a bit iffy.
Thanks to Tai Chengzhe some great pictures!
Ronnie O’Sullivan maintained his bid to win the ManBetX Champion of Champions for the third time as he beat Shaun Murphy 6-3 in the semi-finals on Friday evening.
O’Sullivan is into the final of the event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the fifth time, and will face Mark Allen or Kyren Wilson on Sunday.
Breaks of 64 and 83 helped O’Sullivan build a 3-1 interval advantage, and though he missed chances in the fifth frame, he then fired runs of 129 and 127 to lead 5-2. Murphy made a 102, his second century of the match, to take frame eight, but O’Sullivan dominated the next to seal victory.
”I feel relieved to get over the line because I didn’t have the cue ball under complete control,” said world number three O’Sullivan. “That caused some nerves in my game, but my competitive instinct kicked in.”
The MSI analysis:
and the interview with the sponsor
Tomorrow Ronnie will face either Kyren Wilson or Mark Allen over a best of 19 final. The way Mark Allen played in the group stage, he has to be favourite to win today, although Kyren’s methodical style might disrupt Mark’s rhythm. Whoever goes through it should be a great final.