Selby’s Spectacular Whitewash: Secures Semifinal Spot with 6-0 Victory over O’Sullivan

Mark Selby delivered a remarkable 6-0 triumph over Ronnie O’Sullivan, securing a swift entry into the semi-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Players Championship in Telford. This encounter marked their first ranking event clash since the 2020 Scottish Open final, where Selby claimed a decisive 9-3 victory.

Despite O’Sullivan’s 41-time ranking event triumphs, he still maintains a 17-12 head-to-head advantage over Selby. This victory propels Selby into the semi-finals of a ranking event for the 62nd time in his illustrious career. The four-time World Champion is set to face either John Higgins or Zhang Anda in the semi-finals on Saturday night.

For O’Sullivan, this defeat marks the end of a remarkable 16-game winning streak. The seven-time Crucible king, who showcased imperious form earlier in the season with consecutive victories at the UK Championship, the Masters, and the World Grand Prix, was halted by Selby in a resounding manner.

Selby dominated the first five frames, displaying breaks of 65, 91, 81, 105, and 59, bringing him to the brink of victory. Despite O’Sullivan taking a 58-0 lead in the final frame, Selby made a stunning comeback, fueled by a remarkable long-range red to the top right pocket. He ultimately sealed the whitewash with a successful black.

Reflecting on his performance, Selby expressed satisfaction with his control and confidence during the match. Looking ahead to the semi-finals, he acknowledged the potential matchups with either John Higgins, with whom he has had numerous great battles, or the in-form player Zhang Anda, commending Anda’s outstanding performance throughout the season.

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