O'Sullivan surges past Ding into World Snooker Championship quarter-final

Ronnie O’Sullivan is into the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship after a thoroughly impressive 13-10 victory over Ding Junhui at the Crucible.

The final session on Sunday evening began with the players locked at 8-8 and beautifully poised with both looking in fine form.

Despite the contest being entirely even to that point, the Rocket was the favourite to push on towards the finishing line and he lived up to that tag as soon as the session began.

The 44-year-old won the first two frames of the session with breaks of 87 and 73 with Ding scoring just one point.

The Chinese star kept his hopes alive with an impressive 88 in the next, but O’Sullivan made a 60 of his own to take his lead to 11-9.

Ding had been impressive throughout the contest and kept fighting, making another big break, this time an 81, to win the 21st frame, but that was as good as it got for him.

The Rocket made his second century of the match (117) to go one frame from victory and then wrapped up his quarter-final spot in the next with a 93 to clinch the 13-10 win.

It wasn’t a faultless performance from the five-time world champion, bizarrely missing three blacks off the spot during the final session, but otherwise it was excellent and as good as he has looked at the Crucible for years.

The victory sets up a quarter-final with fellow Class of 92 member Mark Williams in a battle between two legends of the game.

The Rocket and the Welsh Potting Machine have met four times in the World Championship before with Ronnie winning all four of those contests, which came in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The first of those came in the quarter-finals with the latter three in the last 16.

The match is played over three sessions beginning on Monday afternoon.

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