Ronnie O’Sullivan crashed out of the Wuhan Open following a humbling 5-1 defeat by Lyu Haotian in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The Rocket, who lifted the Shanghai Masters trophy last month, was on a nine-match winning streak on Chinese soil, and a heavy favourite to advance to the last four at Wuhan Gymnasium.
O’Sullivan was fresh from a commanding 5-1 victory over Yuan SiJun in the fourth round, but he was struggled to establish his rhythm early on.
Lyu took full advantage as he won two close opening frames on the pink, before producing a wonderful 76 clearance from 52-0 down to snatch frame three on the pink.
A run of 66 put the Chinese 4-0 to the good at the interval. O’Sullivan rallied with a timely 101 to get his first frame on the board, but it proved a false dawn with his opponent eventually booking his place in the last four.
Lyu’s reward is a semi-final date with Ali Carter, who beat Mark Allen on Chinese soil for the first time in four attempts after a 5-2 victory.
The Captain took early control with breaks of 78 and 63, but was pegged back to 2-2 at the interval.
Allen was looking to go top of the world rankings by lifting this trophy on Sunday, but his latest hopes of doing that were dashed as the Captain had runs of 77, 52 and 57 on the way to victory.
Elsewhere, Judd Trump recorded his 11th straight win as he swept Tom Ford aside 5-0.
The recently crowned English Open champion took a close opening frame on the black, but was in control thereon with breaks of 67 and 118 on the way to a commanding whitewash.
Trump will face Wu Yize in the last four after the Chinese cueist overturned an early deficit to edge out Aaron Hill 5-4.
The young Irishman hit a break of 131 on the way to a 3-1 lead, but Wu hit back before sealing the win with a 104 in the decider.
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Wuhan Open 2023 Day Five Results
Friday October 13
Wu Yize 5-4 Aaron Hill
Tom Ford 0-5 Judd Trump
Mark Allen 2-5 Ali Carter
Lyu Haotian 5-1 Ronnie O’Sullivan