Players Championship: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to reach semis
- Updated: March 9, 2017
Judd Trump sealed his place in the Players Championship semi-final with a 5-3 victory against Ronnie O’Sullivan in Llandudno.
Trump hit breaks of 86, 113 and 60 on his way to victory against O’Sullivan, who struggled to gain a foothold.
O’Sullivan did score 109 to make it 4-3 but fellow Englishman Trump took the final frame to reach the last four.
Earlier, Ding Junhui fought back from 4-0 down to beat John Higgins and secure his place in the quarter-finals.
Scotland’s Higgins had seemed on course for a routine victory before China’s Ding mounted a remarkable recovery.
Ding scored 83 and 67 to close the deficit and levelled with a clearance of 107 and then edging the decider.
Welsh Open runner-up Trump will now face either Ali Carter or Neil Robertson in the semi-final.
Carter battled past world number four Shaun Murphy 5-4 earlier in the day and will face Australian Robertson in the last eight on Thursday.
Elsewhere, world number five Junhui will face Anthony Hamilton in the last eight while Mark Selby plays Marco Fu.
Players Championship – draw and results
Judd Trump v Neil Robertson/Ali Carter
Mark Selby v Marco Fu
Ding Junhui v Anthony Hamilton
Neil Robertson v Ali Carter
Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-5 Judd Trump
Stuart Bingham 1-5 Anthony Hamilton
Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-1 Liang Wenbo
Mark Selby 5-4 Ryan Day
Marco Fu 5-1 Anthony McGill
Barry Hawkins 0-5 Neil Robertson
Judd Trump 5-2 Mark King
Ding Junhui 5-4 John Higgins
Ali Carter 5-4 Shaun Murphy