John Higgins (pictured above) is one win from a first Scottish Open title after an impressive 6-1 rout of Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The Scot, 46, was in ruthless form in Llandudno to claim a fifth victory in six meetings with O’Sullivan in 2021.
Having reached his fourth final of the season, losing the previous three, Higgins will face Luca Brecel on Sunday after the Belgian eased past Scotland’s Anthony McGill 6-1.
Higgins never relented after racing 3-0 ahead with breaks of 76 and 125.
O’Sullivan stopped the rot with the aid of an 86 break but Higgins compiled runs of 74 and 98 to run out a comfortable winner.
Higgins spoke after the match and said “I did get a bit of a run of the ball but you take them because sometimes it goes against you,”
“I think it helped yesterday, the way I came back against Dave,” he said. “I felt I was beginning to hit through the ball a lot better and I just took that into today’s game.
By the time Anthony McGill got going tonight it was far too late. Essentially, Luca Brecel won a battle of the B games there; both players struggled, but a 96 in the first from him and some crucial big pots and steals in those first five frames broke the back of this semi-final. After a tough couple of years, he’s now in his second ranking event final in a week. That’s the sign of a player in form, but he’ll have to play a lot better than he did tonight to give John Higgins a problem tomorrow.
Luca spoke after the game and said “ I’m in a real purple patch at the moment and I’m desperate to go one better this week after last week’s disappointment but in John I face the toughest test of all but I will leave everything on the table and hopefully it’s enough”
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