Sport in brief: O'Sullivan sweeps aside Allen to set up Higgins meeting
Saturday 30 January 2010
Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan set up an appetising semi-final against John Higgins and almost made a 147 break in his ruthless demolition of Mark Allen at the Welsh Open yesterday. O'Sullivan won 5-2 and finished the match in a hurry, reeling off four frames in quick succession.
In the fifth frame the 34-year-old looked certain to become the first man to reach 10 career maximums in professional events when he potted 15 reds and blacks. But he missed a straightforward green and the break ended at 122. O'Sullivan had fallen 1-0 and 2-1 behind early on but he was mostly impressive and breaks of 92, 88, 90 and 50 on top of the century proved to be frame winners.
Higgins had a top break of 89 in his 5-2 win over Masters champion Mark Selby. The Scot was never seriously troubled, tearing into a 3-0 lead and sealing victory with two scoring visits in the seventh frame.
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