Hig­gins un­done

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John Hig­gins’ Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle de­fence came crash­ing down with a dev­as­tat­ing de­feat to Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van.

The out-of-sorts Wizard of Wishaw, 42, con­jured up a dis­ap­pear­ing act as he was white­washed 6-0 by his old­est ri­val in snooker’s clash of the ti­tans in Coven­try.

Four-time world cham­pion Hig­gins in­flicted O’Sul­li­van’s only loss at the il­lus­tri­ous in­vi­ta­tional event in last year’s fi­nal.

And the‘Rocket’ avenged that painful de­feat in fine style in front of a packed Ri­coh Arena.

A cou­ple of poor break-offs were huge nails in Hig­gins’cof­fin.

O’Sul­li­van took full ad­van­tage of un­char­ac­ter­is­tic safety er­rors from the Scot with a top break of 81 to lead 4-0 at the in­ter­val.

And O’Sul­li­van hit the 897th and 898th cen­turies of his ca­reer, 101 and 138, to seal his semi-fi­nal spot.

But the“Rocket”, who la­belled the ma­jor­ity of the tour as“nump­ties” ear­lier in the sea­son, said:“It’s a numpty-free zone in a way.

“You can come here, get on a prac­tice ta­ble, get a ho­tel room, one ta­ble, it’s fan­tas­tic.

“For some­one to beat John Hig­gins 6-0, he’s got to play re­ally bad be­cause no-one beats John Hig­gins 6-0.

“It’s the worst game in the world be­cause you can’t do any­thing.”

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