Hawkins ousts O’Sullivan in decider

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Hawkins hold off O’Sullivan fight back

Ronnie O’Sullivan failed to reach the World Championship quarter-finals for just the second time in 13 years as he suffered a thrilling final-frame defeat against Barry Hawkins.

Five-time champion O’Sullivan looked to be in desperate trouble at 12-9, but hit breaks of 124, 88 and 63 to level.

World number 11 Hawkins fluffed his first chance in the decider.

But, after O’Sullivan carelessly went in off, Hawkins wrapped up the win and will play Marco Fu in the last eight.

Higgins coasts past Walden

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Dominant Higgins outclasses Walden

On the other table, four-time world champion John Higgins wasted little time in securing his 11th Crucible quarter-final appearance, but first since he last won the tournament in 2011.

Resuming 10-6 ahead, the 40-year-old Scot capitalised on an error-strewn first frame by Walden to stretch his lead to five frames.

And although ninth seed Walden won the next two with breaks of 62 and 84, Higgins knocked in successive 90 breaks to win 13-8 and set up a meeting with fellow Scot Alan McManus.

Higgins, who has won the title on the three occasions he has made the quarter-finals, said: “Ricky didn’t play at his best but I’m just delighted to get through.

“It will be great to play one of my best mates on tour.”

More to follow.

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