Ronnie O'Sullivan showed a ruthless streak as he ended Stephen
Hendry's hopes with a 5-2 victory. He polished off the world champion
helped by breaks of 100, 91, 85 and 55. He said: "I've had a habit of
getting too familiar with people in matches. This time I decided to
hate Stephen until it was over."
Before yesterday's match, Cliff Thorburn had won only three of his
fifteen matches against Steve Davis. He said: "I'm proud to have
beaten the best player I've ever seen."
Defending champion James Wattana won the last three frames to beat
Willie Thorne 5-4. In the eighth frame, he compiled a break of 101 and
it was his 100th century of his professional career. Willie Thorne
also made a century, a 112 in frame four, and it was his 98th since he
turned professional in 1975.
On his way to the match, Peter Ebdon spent half an hour trapped in a
lift at Bangkok's Imperial Queens Park Hotel. But he was freed in
plenty of time before the match and rattled up breaks of 88, 57 and 53
to beat Ken Doherty 5-2.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has claimed a place in the last four at three
ranking semis this year but so far has lost in his previous
attempts. He said: "Perhaps it's third time lucky. I must have a great
chance now of winning."
Mark Johnston-Allen reached the third semi-final of his preofessional
career with his 5-4 win over Darren Morgan.
The veteran Candadian Cliff Thorburn booked a semi-final clash with
Ronnie O'Sullivan after holding off Tony Drago 5-4. He's now aiming
for his first final since the Fidelity International in 1987.
Ronnnie O'Sullivan took only 90 minutes to reach his first ranking
event final of the season.
"I've put a lot of hard work in at the practice table out here and
it's paid off," said O'Sullivan.
Thorburn, who appeared in his first semi-final for four years, said:
"Despite the coreline, it was a pleasure to play against someone so
talented as Ronnie."