Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out by John Higgins

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins
O'Sullivan and Higgins have won nine World Championship and eight Welsh Open titles between them

Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was knocked out of the Welsh Open with a 5-1 quarter-final defeat by John Higgins in Cardiff.

O'Sullivan took the first frame with a break of 64, before Higgins made breaks of 113, 57, 60 and 101.

The Scot, a four-time winner of the event himself, faces Gary Wilson, who beat Yu Delu 5-2, in the semi-finals.

Earlier on Friday, Barry Hawkins went through to set up a semi-final against Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

Former World Championship runner-up Hawkins fell behind against China's Yan Bingtao, but made breaks of 141, 137 and 74 to win 5-1.

Saengkham will be appear in his first ranking semi-final after beating Ian Burns 5-3.

O'Sullivan, who took the World Grand Prix title in Preston in February, won his first three matches 4-0 at this event.

He stretched his run of winning consecutive frames against Higgins to 19, but failed to win another.

"I am delighted to win," Higgins told Eurosport. "It was a weird game. I just felt Ronnie was not there at all.

"He missed a couple of balls and ran out of position; he never does that. It must have been a concentration thing.

"Me winning that match means everyone in the tournament feels they have a chance of winning the title. If O'Sullivan was still in, people would say it is his to lose."

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: