Ronnie O’Sullivan extends a commanding lead over Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals of the World Cup


Ronnie O’Sullivan extended a commanding 11-5 lead over Stephen Maguire in her World Championship Quarterfinals at the Crucible.

Qualifier Maguire, himself a two-time Crucible semifinalist, went into the first two frames of the evening 6-2 down from Tuesday morning’s session with back-to-back half-century breaks to quickly cut the deficit.

O’Sullivan, who had made a 123 clearance during the morning session, then capitalized after Maguire missed what looked like a routine red in the middle pocket to make a quick 64 that helped him win with 7 -4 to take the lead.

The six-time world champion reeled off another run in the next half-century to rebuild his four-frame lead midway through the session.

Traffic remained one-way as O’Sullivan pushed through clearances 55 and 69 before a missed pink denied him a century in the 14th century.

Maguire finally stopped the rot in the final frame with a 66 break – but faces an uphill battle to prevent O’Sullivan from invading the semi-finals for the 13th time when play resumes on Wednesday morning.

At the other table, Yan Bingtao fought back in the evening session of his showdown with former champion Mark Williams ending 8-8.

The Welshman Williams had previously won four frames in a row to forge a 6-2 lead over Yan, who knocked out defending champion Mark Selby in the final round.

However, Yan soon caught up the deficit after winning the first two frames of the night, which included an 80 break.

Williams, who clinched the last of his three world titles in 2018, moved up to 11th before Yan, with a 72 break, went 7-5 in the last frame before the break.

With a 103 break, Yan, who won his first Triple Crown event at the 2021 Masters, won a fourth of five frames before eventually turning the match around.

However, Williams benefited from a timely chance in the final frame, a red cannon that shot off the cue ball back into the top pocket before later coming in from behind to create a solid distance and keep things level.

During Tuesday’s afternoon games, Judd Trump and John Higgins prevailed in the opening sessions of their respective quarterfinals.

Trump, world champion three years ago, took a 5-3 lead over Stuart Bingham, whose own memorable Crucible triumph came in 2015 at the age of 38.

Both players hit century breaks, Bingham’s 106 the highest in the seventh frame, before Trump defeated a tense final frame of the session 73-35, with the match set to resume on Wednesday.

At the other table, four-time champion Higgins also extended a 5-3 lead over Jack Lisowski, who was back in action after his dramatic 13-12 win over Neil Robertson late Monday night. Ronnie O’Sullivan extends a commanding lead over Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals of the World Cup

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