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Walden blown away by O'Sullivan; SNOOKER.

RONNIE O'Sullivan wowed the crowds at Alexandra Palace with a perfect display of snooker and admitted Ricky Walden had been unfortunate to come up against him in such a mood.

The five-time world champion was always the favourite ahead of the Masters quarter-final but few would have predicted the 6-0 whitewash that unfolded in front of a stunned crowd. Walden started the better with a tidy opening-frame 39 but after breaking down would not make another pot as O'Sullivan rattled in 556 unanswered points to set a new snooker record, beating the previous best of 495 that was set by Ding Junhui in 2007.

Rewriting snooker history is nothing new to 'The Rocket' but even he looked in shock after the brilliant win which was wrapped up in just 58 minutes and 31 seconds, giving television schedulers plenty to ponder as they had been due to broadcast for three and a half further hours. "Ricky has had a good season and has won a couple of ranking events. He's a top player and I played well to beat him," said O'Sullivan (pictured right), who joked he would now have the time to pick his children up from school.

"For him it was unfortunate because whatever I did went right and it is hard to play against sometimes.

I'm not getting any younger so you wonder how many performances like that you have left in you."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2014
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