O'Sullivan to Face Wilson in English Open Final

O'Sullivan to Face Wilson in English Open Final

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan came through a tough semi-final against Scotsman Anthony McGill yesterday in Barnsley to step into the English Open final.

The win give The Rocket his 43rd appearance in a ranking final, however, the five-time World Champion has not lifted a ranking title in 20 months.

O'Sullivan raced into a 3-0 lead in the best of 11 match and looked in control until McGill showed some defiance to win the 4th frame with a gritty break of 57 to leave him still in the match.

After interval O'Sullivan bounced straight back into form with a superb break of 139 to lead 4-1. 

The Scot though showed true character and managed to win the next two frames to trail 4-3. There was then what could be classed as a turning point in the match as McGill trailing 42-1 in the frame made a great break of 62 to put him in a position to level the match.

He developed the brown and the frame win almost looked certain only for McGill to jaw the ball and see Ronnie win the frame on a dramatic black.

McGill showed real character in the match and again got within one frame with a break of 71. The pressure never became too much though for the Rocket as he won the next frame with a break of 133 for a 6-4 victory.

Wilson Beats Ursenbacher

Earlier in the day Kyren Wilson had come through what could have proved to be a tricky tie with a 6-3 win over Switzerland's Alexander Ursenbacher.

Ursenbacher, 21, is Switzerland's only current professional and after regaining his tour card in March he put in his best ever performance in a world ranking event having previously never gone past the last 32 stage.

It was the young Swiss who actually set the early pace and showed no signs of nerves as he went into a 2-0 lead with breaks of 64 and 84.

In frame three Wilson, the former Shanghai Masters champion, pulled one back with a run of 77. Wilson, who will be looking to lift his second ranking title this Sunday, perhaps got a bit of fortune in the next frame as Ursenbacher was looking comfortable before missing a tough brown that allowed Wilson to the table and take them in at 2-2 at the interval.

After the interval the players traded the first two frames before Wilson found another gear and showed why he has risen up the rankings in the last few seasons. 

The 25-year-old from Kettering made breaks of 124, 75, 66 and 90 were more than sufficient to get him across the line with a 6-3 victory.

The final is played across two sessions today and is live on Eurosport. 

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