O’Sullivan Triumphs in Tianjin: Advances to 89th Career Ranking Event Semi-Final

Ronnie O’Sullivan secured his spot in the 89th ranking event semi-final of his career, prevailing with a 6-4 victory over Ali Carter at the International Championship in Tianjin. Despite Carter’s resilience, O’Sullivan extended his dominant head-to-head record to 17-1. The world number one is poised to finish the tournament at the top of the rankings and is now just two wins away from claiming his 40th ranking crown, the first since his 2022 World Championship triumph.

After initially trailing 1-0, O’Sullivan showcased his prowess by winning two consecutive frames to take the lead. The match saw a seesaw of momentum, with Carter responding with a remarkable 69 clearance to level at 2-2. O’Sullivan’s breaks of 60 in key frames allowed him to secure a 4-2 advantage, but Carter fought back to equalize. Ultimately, O’Sullivan’s consecutive breaks of 60 proved decisive, securing his victory and setting up a semi-final clash with Zhang Anda.

Reflecting on the win, O’Sullivan, at 47 years old, acknowledged the challenges of competing against younger, hungry players and expressed appreciation for every victory. Meanwhile, Zhang Anda advanced to the semi-final with a 6-3 win over Ding Junhui.

In another quarter-final match, Jordan Brown emerged victorious in a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Stephen Maguire, securing his second ranking event semi-final appearance. Brown, known as the Antrim Ferrari, had a sensational 2021 with a maiden ranking title but struggled to replicate that success. This week, however, he rediscovered his form, setting the stage for a crucial semi-final encounter. Brown will face Tom Ford, who secured his spot with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Barry Hawkins, marked by impressive breaks.

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