Rocket books Wenbo date
Ronnie O'Sullivan will take on Liang Wenbo in the final of the Shanghai Masters after thumping John Higgins 6-1.
Last Updated: 12/09/09 4:37pm
Ronnie O'Sullivan destroyed world champion John Higgins 6-1 to reach the final of the Roewe Shanghai Masters, where he will play local hope Liang Wenbo.
The Rocket stormed into a 4-0 lead and never looked back against an out-of-sorts opponent who put up only token resistance.
O'Sullivan ran-in breaks of 73, 53 and 81 - the last of which a 147 chance until the 11th black stayed out - before the Scot finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth frame.
However, Higgins was only delaying the inevitable and the world number one easily wrapped up the next two frames to clinch the win.
"I played well in spells, not as well as I did against Ding Junhui," he said. "I'm feeling more confident and relaxed as the week goes on, finding some rhythm and enjoying the match situation.
"It's fantastic for Liang Wenbo to get to the final and it's not going to be easy.
"I'm not surprised he's in the final because he's a top player, he's been around for a while and it's only a matter of time before he wins a tournament."
Shaun Murphy admitted he should have won his semi-final match against Wenbo after losing 6-5.
The former world champion had lost only one frame in three earlier matches this week but suffered a slump in form as the local hope won a scrappy affair punctuated by errors.
Liang enjoyed a run of 102 to lead 2-0 but Murphy was able to draw level before the Chinese edged ahead once more in another scruffy fifth frame.
The Rotherham potter eventually managed to level and take the match to a decider before Liang booked his place in a ranking final for the first time after taking a frame that typified a poor contest.
"It's a disappointing end to a good tournament," Murphy said afterwards. "It's the most successful Shanghai Masters I've had. I came into the match full of confidence but I played about 60%, whereas earlier in the week I was about 90%.
"He will need to play better to win the tournament and stop playing silly shots.
"That's what happens in sport, I had three matches playing very near to my best. This is the semi-final which is very important and I didn't play my best - I don't know why.
"If he plays like he played against me today he will lose, but he is capable of winning if he pots more balls and plays better safety.
"He beat me today but if I had played better and not missed the easy balls then I would have won.
"It was my fault I lost. He's very entertaining and fun to watch, but this is about winning, not entertaining."