Ronnie O’Sullivan storms into UK Championship final as rift with Barry Hearn deepens


Ronnie O’Sullivan stormed into the UK Championship closing with a convincing 6-1 victory over the world No36, Tom Ford.

Ford, a shock semi-finalist on the York Barbican taking part in the most important match of his profession, gained the opening body however O’Sullivan responded with a century within the following body and by no means let up.

The outcome sees O’Sullivan attain his eighth UK Championship closing, having gained all of his earlier seven, the place he’ll play both Masters champion Mark Allen or 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham.

Ford mentioned: “It’s a bit bit irritating as a result of I felt good on the market. I loved taking part in a match that I misplaced due to the expertise and the gang. I felt fairly relaxed.

“If somebody advised me I might have been within the UK semis, I might have taken all of it day lengthy.”

On Friday O’Sullivan responded to the most recent warning from World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn of their public spat.

Hearn advised O’Sullivan “sufficient is sufficient” and threatened him with sanctions after complaints over the tour’s schedule and selection of venues, however O’Sullivan insisted “I’m doing it for the gamers”.

“I predict that Hearn will say I’m self-indulgent, however that’s completely not the case,” O’Sullivan mentioned. “All I’m making an attempt to do is lengthen my profession and play one of the best snooker I can. If his door is actually open, let’s speak about it and be open to new concepts. Barry doesn’t need that, he desires everybody to play in his tournaments.”

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