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Ronnie O’Sullivan produces stunning fightback to beat Mark Williams and reach semi-finals

Ronnie O’Sullivan rocketed into the World Championship semi-finals by overhauling Welshman Mark Williams in Sheffield on Tuesday night.

Trailing 6-2 overnight, O’Sullivan lost the first frame of the afternoon but fought back to level at 8-8, winning four frames in succession including a 112 century break, one of four tons he made in the match.

The World No 6, five times a world champion, then took charge of the match in the concluding session to win 13-10, sealing victory in a re-spotted black shootout after a 60-60 tied frame having just missed an easy blue.

O’Sullivan will face Mark Selby, who reached his sixth semi-final by beating Australia’s Neil Robertson 13-7.

Earlier, Judd Trump backed Kyren Wilson to succeed him as world champion, after he became the latest victim of the ‘Crucible Curse’.

Wilson’s 13-9 quarter-final win makes Trump the 18th first-time winner to fail to retain the crown since the event moved to Sheffield in 1977.

Trump said: ‘If Kyren plays like that he will be very tough to stop. His long potting was brilliant over all three sessions and he is my pick to go on and win the title.

‘It would be brilliant for the game if I can have someone of my own age-group to compete against for the next 10 or 15 years.’

Trump had shown signs of stirring from his 10-6 overnight deficit as he fired three breaks over 50 in the first four frames to cut the deficit to two. But Wilson took the 21st frame in two visits, then seized on a missed long red with a break of 104.

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