Rocket at home in China

17 November 2017 06:25:48 GMTPlus11

Ronnie O'Sullivan says he feels at home in Shanghai as he bids to improve his poor record on Chinese soil.

The five-time world champion booked his place in the last-four of the Shanghai Masters with a convincing 5-1 win over Mark Williams.

He moves on to face old rival John Higgins in Friday's semi-final, a match O'Sullivan is 1/2 to win.

O'Sullivan and Higgins, with nine world titles and 58 ranking crowns between them, played in the last-16 of the English Open and the quarter-finals of the Champion of Champions recently, with the Rocket coming out on top both times, including a 6-0 whitewash in Coventry last week.

O'Sullivan wants a chance to compete for the £150,000 top prize in the Shanghai decider on Saturday.

"I haven't done well at events in China in the last few years so this season I wanted to make the tournaments in China the most important of the season, because I've had such good support here over the years and I owe the fans," he said.

"Shanghai is my favourite city in the world and I want to stay here as long as I can! I want to grow the game and use my status in the game to help the younger generation. I feel happier in China than I do anywhere else in the world."

O'Sullivan is 6/4 to win the Shanghai title and 20/1 to record another 6-0 win against Higgins in the last-four.

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