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Ronnie O’Sullivan battles back to deny Jimmy White in last-frame decider

O'Sullivan survives a scare to advance to the group final (credit:ITV Sport)

Ronnie O’Sullivan recovered from 3-0 down to deny Jimmy White a famous victory in a last-frame decider at the Champion of Champions in Coventry on Thursday.

White, 57, had rolled back the years to move within a frame of a shock whitewash win, but only for the defending champion to reel off four on the spin to snatch victory.

O'Sullivan will now progress to the Group One final against either John Higgins or Stuart Bingham later this evening.

O'Sullivan had struggled to find his range in the early stages and 'The Whirlwind' took full advantage - making a 56 break in the opener before doubling his lead and edging the third frame by 61 points to 52.

With his back to the wall, 'The Rocket' responded strongly with a break of 74 to get off the mark before dominating the fifth frame to apply further pressure.

White, making his debut in this competition as World Seniors Champion, was punished for a crucial missed black in the sixth as O'Sullivan stepped in to force a decider.

The Whirlwind was first among the balls and looked to be presented with a golden opportunity to clinch victory, only to miss a relatively straightforward red and drop his cue on the floor in frustration.

O'Sullivan needed no second invitation as he crashed in a clinical break of 74 to complete the comeback and deny his close friend a first head-to-head success for 14 years.


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Ronnie O’Sullivan battles back to deny Jimmy White in last-frame decider

Ronnie O’Sullivan recovered from 3-0 down to deny Jimmy White a famous victory in a last-frame decider at the Champion of Champions in Coventry on Thursday.

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