Ronnie O’Sullivan laid on a “mind-boggling” masterclass as he booked his place in Sunday’s World Grand Prix remaining with a 6-1 win in opposition to China’s Ding Junhui.
Even by O’Sullivan’s requirements, one week after sealing a record-extending Masters title, he produced a particular show on the Morningside Enviornment in Leicester, which included 4 quickfire century breaks.
When he sank the ultimate black to arrange a gathering with three-time winner Judd Trump, the match was a bit over 70 minutes lengthy.
O’Sullivan made an outstanding begin, making two centuries within the opening three frames to guide 2-1, along with his potting near perfection.
He opened with a break of 135 and, after Ding responded with a rating of 85 to degree it up at 1-1, O’Sullivan adopted up with a 128.
He made a break of 88 within the fourth body to open up a 3-1 lead, with all 4 frames earlier than the interval taking just below 45 minutes.
Ding, who beat compatriot Zhang Anda 5-1 to guide his semi-final place, was beneath strain, however after being given an opportunity initially of the fifth body, he faltered when on 28.
O’Sullivan ruthlessly punished him, compiling a rating of 90 to motor 4-1 forward with a mean shot time, as much as the tip of the fifth body, of 14 seconds.
Ding erred on a tough security shot early within the sixth body and O’Sullivan stepped in to rattle off his third century – 128 – to guide 5-1 after one hour and 4 minutes.
He pounced on one other Ding mistake in body seven and faultlessly cleared the desk for a remaining break of 124.
Match commentator and former world champion Ken Doherty instructed ITV4 that it was the perfect session of snooker he had ever seen.
Doherty mentioned: “He’s such an artist, such a genius. It’s creative, poetic, it’s balletic. It’s like snooker from the gods with no shadow of a doubt.”
Co-commentator and former Masters champion Alan McManus added: “I’ve seen it and I don’t consider it.
“It was mind-boggling. It was really a type of ‘I used to be there’ nights as a result of frankly it can’t get any higher that that.
“From the very begin to the very finish it was perfection.”