Ronnie O’Sullivan Secures Shanghai Masters Last 16 Victory to Extend Winning Streak

In the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters, defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan triumphed over Ali Carter, securing a 6-3 victory and extending his impressive winning streak in the tournament to 16 matches.

O’Sullivan had previously dominated this event by winning three consecutive titles from 2017 to 2019 and had remained undefeated in Shanghai for seven years, with his last loss occurring in 2016 against Michael Holt.

This match marked O’Sullivan’s debut appearance in his 32nd professional season, facing an opponent, Ali Carter, against whom he historically had a strong record. With this victory, O’Sullivan improved his head-to-head record against Carter to 16-1. The Rocket now looks forward to an exciting quarter-final clash with John Higgins.

In the last 16 encounter, O’Sullivan claimed the opening two frames, and although Carter managed to secure one frame, O’Sullivan displayed exceptional skill by clearing the table with a brilliant break of 99 to lead 3-1.

Carter, the 2010 Shanghai Masters champion, put up a fight with breaks of 68 and 83 to level the match at 3-3. However, O’Sullivan, a 39-time ranking event winner, showcased his best snooker, achieving breaks of 101, 74, and 81 in three consecutive frames to secure a 6-3 victory.

After the match, O’Sullivan expressed his desire to win the tournament, praising Shanghai as a great city for the event. He also acknowledged the upcoming challenge of facing John Higgins, whom he holds in high regard as a player.

In other matches, John Higgins continued his strong form this season with a 6-3 win over 2015 Shanghai Masters winner Kyren Wilson. Judd Trump managed a thrilling 6-5 victory over close friend Jack Lisowski, staging a remarkable comeback in the final frame with a break of 74.

Judd Trump is now pursuing his first Shanghai Masters title, and his next opponent will be Mark Selby, who also won a deciding frame against Hossein Vafaei. Mark Williams and Robert Milkins secured their spots in the last 16 with commanding 6-1 wins and are set to face World Champion Luca Brecel and Shaun Murphy, respectively.

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