Snooker - O’Sullivan ousts Ding after impressive comeback

Ronnie O’Sullivan recovered from losing the first three frames to reach the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions at Ding Junhui’s expense.

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Snooker - O’Sullivan ousts Ding after impressive comeback
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With the scores tied at 5-5, Ding edged ahead with a half-century in the decider only for O’Sullivan to respond with a 63 of his own as the Rocket completed a remarkable turnaround.

O’Sullivan will now face Neil Robertson in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Breaks of 53 and 66 helped Ding into a 3-0 lead but O’Sullivan hit back to take the next two frames.

The following four frames were shared to leave the score at 5-4 before O’Sullivan notched a 55 in the 10th to force a decider which the Englishman then took despite Ding building a healthy 50 point lead at one stage.

Both players had earlier sailed through the group stage with O’Sullivan thrashing Mark Davis 4-0 and Ding beating Barry Hawkins 4-2.

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