SELBY DOWNS ROCKET FOR FINAL SPOT.Ronnie O'Sullivan Ronald Antonio "Ronnie" O'Sullivan (born December 5, 1975 in Wordsley, West Midlands) is an English professional snooker player, nicknamed "The Rocket" due to his rapid playing style, with other monikers including "The Essex Exocet" and in a gruelling encounter last night to reach the final of the Welsh Open The Welsh Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments. It had replaced the Welsh Professional Championship, which started in 1980 and only had Welsh players involved. .
The Leicester potter won 6-2 and will play Ding Junhui, a victor by the same margin over Shaun Murphy Shaun Murphy may refer to:
- Shaun Murphy (singer), an American singer best known for her work with Meat Loaf and Little Feat
- Shaun Murphy (snooker player), born 1982, England
- Shaun Murphy (footballer), Australian football (soccer) player
Selby, though, has done enough over the past two years to be ranked the world number one.
Although O'Sullivan started as favourite, it was easy to make the case for his opponent who delivered a safety-first performance - the clever way to play against O'Sullivan - to advance to the meeting with Ding.
Ding impressed in beating Murphy to reach his first ranking event final of the season.
The 24-year-old from China has endured a largely disappointing campaign, suffering frequent firstround defeats and failing to reproduce the form which took him to the Crucible semi-finals last year.
But in Wales this week he has raised his performance, knocking out John Higgins early on.
Murphy had the only century of the match, 126 in the second frame, but runs of 91, 71, 86 and 75 earned Ding his success.
"I'm really happy to be in the fi-nal and I played well," he said.
Murphy conceded he was well beaten, saying: "When you are playing the best in the world, you have to hit them hard, and I didn't do that. I only finished two frames off in one visit and that's not good enough, I didn't take enough of my chances."
SAFETY FIRST: Mark Selby.