Snooker news - Ronnie O'Sullivan sizzles to beat Stuart Bingham, John Higgins downs Ryan Day
Ronnie O'Sullivan made a flying start to the prestigious Champion of Champions event in Coventry with a 4-2 win over Stuart Bingham in his opening match.
The five-times world champion will face John Higgins on Tuesday night in the Group Four final over the best of 11 frames.
O'Sullivan made a slow start in losing the first frame, but quickly clicked into gear as breaks of 109 and 116 saw him move 2-1 clear of his fellow Essex potter.
2005 world champion Bingham responded with a knock of 65 to restore parity at 2-2, but further breaks of 68 and 60 was enough for O'Sullivan to progress in a repeat of the 2013 final at the event that O'Sullivan won 10-8.
O'Sullivan has also won this event with a victory over Judd Trump in 2014 while losing finals to Higgins two years ago and Shaun Murphy last year.
Later on Tuesday, four-time world champion Higgins downed Ryan Day 4-3 to set up a showdown with O'Sullivan.
Higgins held his nerve in a high-scoring tussle, with runs of 106, 100 and 66 securing the Scot's passage to the final.
The winner of the invitational event that includes all of the tournament champions from the past year in the sport will win a cheque for £100,000.
- Group One
- Shaun Murphy 4-2 Jimmy Robertson
- Ding Junhui 4-2 Michael Georgiou
- Shaun Murphy 6-3 Ding Junhui
- Group Four
- Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 Stuart Bingham
- John Higgins 4-3 Ryan Day
- Ronnie O'Sullivan v John Higgins