|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 31 July-16 August|
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Ronnie O’Sullivan recovered from the brink of defeat to beat Mark Selby 17-16 and set up a World Championship final against Kyren Wilson.
O’Sullivan, beaten by Selby in 2014, was 16-14 behind but won two quick-fire frames and a nervy decider to reach his seventh final in Sheffield.
The best-of-35 final against fellow Englishman Wilson, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday, will see fans return to the Crucible Theatre after the government announced the resumption of pilot events with spectators.
World number eight Wilson earlier progressed into his maiden final following a remarkable final-frame decider against Scotland’s Anthony McGill.
Friday delivers incredible finishes
The last day of the semi-finals produced two thrilling matches.
Five-time champion O’Sullivan led 5-3 but Selby fought back to lead 9-7 and could have extended his advantage to 14-9, but O’Sullivan responded by ending the second session trailing 13-11.
He started the final session with 114 and took the next to level the contest with his fourth frame in a row.
Selby stopped the rot by pinching the next with a counter-attack break of 56 and a further 63 took him two frames from victory.
O’Sullivan, who has won a record 19 Triple Crown titles, took the next but some rash shots allowed Selby to extend his lead to 16-14,
‘The Rocket’ decided to go all-out attacking and made a quick-fire 138 total clearance to reduce his arrears and forced a final-frame decider with a break of 71.
The conclusion of the first semi-final was thrilling and this turned out to be the same – O’Sullivan made 64 in the 33rd frame but missed the final red he needed and Selby struck 34.
After a bout of tactical play on the red, O’Sullivan forced the error and cleared the colours to claim his first victory over Selby in Sheffield.
Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry said on BBC Two: “You just can’t believe how both semi-finals have finished today, the tension has been incredible.”
More to follow.
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