More Updates from Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker

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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered an impressive performance, securing a 4-0 victory over long-time rival John Higgins in the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker. This outcome sets the stage for an exciting final day, featuring the top four players globally in the semi-finals. The inaugural WST event in Saudi Arabia concludes on Wednesday, with O’Sullivan facing Judd Trump and Mark Allen taking on Luca Brecel in the semi-finals, followed by the evening’s grand finale.

At 48, O’Sullivan, still the world number one, has already clinched titles at the Shanghai Masters, UK Championship, the Masters, and World Grand Prix this season. A win in the upcoming final would propel his season prize money into seven figures. Despite the late start at 1:48 am, O’Sullivan remained sharp, recording breaks of 135, 129, and 102 to establish a 3-0 lead. Although he had the opportunity for four consecutive centuries, he fell short at 82 in the fourth frame. Higgins struggled throughout, failing to pot a single ball, with his only points coming from a foul in the third frame.

In another thrilling match, Judd Trump narrowly defeated Shaun Murphy 4-3. Trump, the world number two, has already claimed victory in four ranking events this season, eyeing the £250,000 top prize. Murphy initially led with breaks of 126 and 121, but Trump staged a comeback, capitalizing on a crucial error by Murphy in frame six. The decider saw Trump securing a win with a combination of skill and strategy, expressing excitement about the upcoming challenges.

Mark Allen emerged triumphant against Mark Selby in a nail-biting 4-3 encounter, showcasing his reputation as one of snooker’s toughest match-players. Allen, currently ranked third in the world, faced adversity as Selby took a 2-0 lead, but resilient play and strategic decisions allowed Allen to secure a dramatic victory. The match had spectators on the edge of their seats, with Allen highlighting the significance of the last black in a contest that truly had everything.

World Champion Luca Brecel displayed top form in a 4-1 victory over Ali Carter, signaling a strong preparation for his Crucible defense. As the day concluded, the fans’ enthusiasm grew, promising an exciting and packed final day of the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker.

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