Stevens makes it unlucky 13 for Williams

MATTHEW STEVENS made it unlucky 13 for his fellow Welshman Mark Williams at the British Open last night.

Williams had won 12 successive matches in ranking events after winning the World Championship and LG Cup titles, but admitted he had been “outplayed” as Stevens beat him 5-1 in Brighton.

“Matthew played some really solid stuff and I didn’t get much of a chance to get into the match,” he said.

“He outplayed me and I fancy him to go on and win the tournament now.

“It’s nice to see him back playing some good stuff. He’s proved you don’t have to play frame-winning breaks all the time, you just have to be solid, play good safety and take your chances.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan survived a thrilling battle before finally booking his place in the semi-finals.

The ‘Rocket’ came close to elimination at the hands of giant-killer Gerard Greene but won the last two frames to record a hard-fought 5-4 victory. However, O’Sullivan only went through after Greene, the world number 38, suffered a huge slice of bad fortune in the deciding frame.

Greene, who sent Ken Doherty and Joe Swail packing earlier in the week, had a chance to clinch victory but in potting the pink from the last red, the cue ball cannoned the black and found a middle pocket.

It presented O’Sullivan with the perfect opportunity to clinch the match on the colours, and he took it to scrape into the semi-finals.

O’Sullivan said: “You don’t like to see something like that happen in a decider. It’s a nightmare but it’s happened to me before and you have to deal with it.

“I’d have rather have gone through by potting a good ball. It’s not an ideal way to win but sometimes the balls have a mind of their own.”

O’Sullivan will face Stephen Lee for a place in the final after the world number five beat defending champion Paul Hunter 5-3.

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