Ronnie O’Sullivan took just 52 minutes to beat local favourite Ng On Yee 5-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Masters.
A world record crowd of over 5,000 spectators at the Hong Kong Coliseum enjoyed a clash between three-time Women’s World Champion On Yee, who is from Hong Kong, and current world number one and World Champion O’Sullivan. The contest was something of a mis-match as O’Sullivan romped into the last four of the invitation event with top breaks of 72, 100, 59, 81 and 95.
The Rocket had cast doubts over whether he would be able to be in Hong Kong this year, after sustaining an elbow injury, but he recovered in time to compete at the recent World Mixed Doubles and British Open and made the journey this week.
On Yee will leave disappointed that she couldn’t register a frame in front of her adoring home fans, but having also competed in the World Mixed Doubles she can reflect on two invaluable experiences.
A world record crowd of over 5,000 watching on at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
O’Sullivan now meets Neil Robertson in the semi-finals on Saturday night – a repeat of the 2017 final won by Robertson. John Higgins and Marco Fu go head to head in the first semi-final on Saturday afternoon.
“It was nice. Every event in Asia is fantastic. They support it really well and they are major events. It was nice to play in front of an enthusiastic crowd. It makes you want to play well and do well for them,” said seven-time Crucible king O’Sullivan.
“Every match here is capable of being a final in any tournament. Playing against top quality opposition and knowing you need to be at your best, motivates yourself to do well. These are special events and you want to play in as many of these as you can.
“It would be great if we could have a massive crowd again tomorrow. Neil is the most consistent player on tour by a mile. I play alright in spells, but I’m not as consistent as Neil is. I’m going to have to find some good stuff to have a chance of winning tomorrow.”