Sport Ronnie O'Sullivan survives scare to reach last eight in UK Championship

02:40  08 december  2017
02:40  08 december  2017 Source:   Press Association

Ronnie O'Sullivan rules out playing on past 50

  Ronnie O'Sullivan rules out playing on past 50 Ronnie O'Sullivan has ruled out following the example of Jimmy White by playing on into his fifties. British Olympic rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave famously said after winning his fourth gold at Atlanta 1996 that anyone who saw him in a boat again should shoot him, before having a change of heart and competing in Sydney.And O'Sullivan, who turns 42 next Tuesday, says he would give the same licence to anyone if he is still potting snooker balls for a living in 10 years' time.

Bingham, the conqueror of Ronnie O ' Sullivan , found amazing resolve to battle back to 8 - 8 but could not complete the job as Robertson took a lengthy decider to reach his first UK final. Still going strong: Neil Robertson in action during his UK Championship semi-final win against Stuart Bingham.

Mark Williams survived a huge scare against Liam Highfield before eventually prevailing 6-5 in a nail-biting decider to book a quarter-final date with Ronnie O ' Sullivan in the Quarter-Finals of the UK Championship at the York Barbican Centre.

Ronnie O'Sullivan made it to the last eight in the UK Championship: Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Twelve - Crucible Theatre © PA WIRE Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Twelve - Crucible Theatre

Ronnie O'Sullivan survived a major scare to edge out world number 84 Sunny Akani 6-5 in the UK Championship.

Five-time tournament winner O'Sullivan squeezed home in the deciding frame, after Akani blew the chance to wrap up victory when leading 5-4.

O'Sullivan will now meet Martin Gould in the quarter-finals, and will doubtless be relieved to have prevailed over Thailand's 22-year-old Akani, who led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 in an enthralling encounter.

Five-time world champion O'Sullivan remains on course for yet another title at the York Barbican, but must clearly sharpen up after a patchy effort on Thursday night.

The 2008 tournament winner Shaun Murphy stormed past Ricky Walden 6-1, to book a quarter-final against Mark King.

"On another day it could have been closer," Murphy told the BBC.

"It was a bit tighter than the score suggests. I picked up a few of his crumbs.

“He had chances and didn't take them."

Mark Joyce saw off Lyu Haotian 6-4 to book a last-eight showdown with Wales' Ryan Day.

Ronnie O'Sullivan reawakens to power into quarter-finals in Glasgow .
Ronnie O'Sullivan reawoke his fighting spirit to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open in Glasgow on Thursday. O'Sullivan took power naps between breaks as he squeezed past Chinese player Li Hang in a final frame decider in their last 16 clash in the afternoon.But he returned to the table in the evening session to sink Welshman Michael White 4-1 with breaks of 92 and 75.It was much more convincing than his scrap with Hang, in which he was forced to win the last two frames in order to triumph 4-3.

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