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O'Sullivan into last four after sweeping Murphy aside with a session to spare

The defending champion is into the last four after winning seven of the eight frames played today.

Snooker - Dafabet World Snooker Championships - Day Twelve - The Crucible O'Sullivan was in fine form this morning. Source: Tim Goode

REIGNING CHAMPIONS RONNIE O’Sullivan breezed into the World Championship semi-finals with a session to spare after completing a 13-3 win over Shaun Murphy.

Murphy made a strong start to their quarter-final on Tuesday by winning the first two frames, but O’Sullivan roared back and won the next six frames to establish a 6-2 overnight lead.

The five-time champion stretched his advantage to 8-2 on Wednesday morning before 2005 champion Murphy clawed a frame back, but a break of 118 gave O’Sullivan a 9-3 advantage at the mid-session break.

After a short delay due to a technical problem with the scoreboard, O’Sullivan capitalised on a couple of routine misses by Murphy to close out victory.

He will now face either Barry Hawkins or Dominic Dale, with 2013 runner-up Hawkins 11-5 up in their contest at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, northern England.

Meanwhile, Mark Selby completed a one-sided 13-5 victory over Alan McManus to reach the semis.

Leading 12-4 overnight, the Leicester cueman needed only one frame to complete victory, but Scottish veteran McManus took the day’s first frame thanks to a break of 69.

It proved only a stay of execution, however, and when McManus could not exploit his opportunities in the next frame, Selby pounced to set up a last-four meeting with either Judd Trump or Neil Robertson.

- © AFP, 2014

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