Ronnie O’Sullivan staged a comeback to maintain his grasp on the name he’s won for each of the last two decades.
When he dropped 5-1 behind against Kyren Wilson, that peaked in the frame with a 131 break o’Sullivan looked down and out at the quarter-finals.
But after Wilson had wasted a fantastic opportunity to win the game, he kept himself living using a 102 to narrow the deficit, and completed his comeback.
O’Sullivan will take on Australian Neil Robertson, for whom a 115 break was a highlight at a 6-2 win on Barry Hawkins.
World champion Judd Trump saw his streak come to a conclusion because Mark Allen thrashed him.
Allen racked up five breaks over 50 in a thorough win that coped Trump – who had claimed that the International Championship title – his first loss since early April.
Trump had rebounded with a break of 102 but it was not enough to upset the momentum of the Northern Irishman, who’s exhibiting some of the best form of his career.
In the previous four Shaun Murphy, who continued his nice early season form as he breezed past Jack Lisowski by precisely exactly the same score will be faced by Allen.
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