Ronnie beat Fan Zhengyi by 6-2 yesterday evening to book his place in the 2022 Champion of Champions. He will face Judd Trump over a best of 19 frames.
Rocket Reaches Sixth Champion Of Champions Final
O’Sullivan was quick out of the traps in front of a raucous crowd in the North West, making 89 in the first and firing in 117 in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Fan hit back to take the third, but 89 from O’Sullivan in the next made it 3-1. The Rocket’s momentum showed no sign of slowing down in the fifth, with a break of 55 helping him to take a 4-1 lead, two away from the final.
O’Sullivan then moved 5-1 ahead, but Fan regrouped with a wonderful clearance of 123 to keep O’Sullivan at bay and cut the deficit to 5-2 with the highest contribution of the match.
The tide was only stemmed briefly though, O’Sullivan made contributions of 53 and 75 in the final frame to deliver an emphatic win that sees him face Trump in tomorrow’s final. The first time they will have met since the World Championship final in May.
O’Sullivan told ITV: “It’s great for everyone who loves their snooker. Hopefully, I can play a little bit better than I have done. To give Judd a game, I will have to, because he looks like he’s playing the best snooker this week. He looks to be in good form. I will have to raise my game to have a chance of winning.”
Ronnie played well in general. He looked focussed and calm. There was however a weakness in his game and that’s his long potting. That aspect was poor so far this week. Unless that improves, it will be difficult for him to win today.
Here are the highlights shared on the Champion of Champions YouTube Channel