O'Sullivan predicts how World Snooker Championship semi-finals will pan out

Mark Selby is trailing Stuart Bingham 13-11 going into the final session of their World Snooker Championship semi-final, while Shaun Murphy just about stayed in touch with Kyren Wilson in their contest, winning the final two frames to trail 10-6 with two sessions remaining.

Both matches will come to a climax on Saturday after fascinating sessions on Friday which saw Wilson and Bingham finish in control.

The Warrior is in an excellent position against the Magician, but Murphy gave himself substantial hope by winning the final two frames of Saturday afternoon in some style, knocking in a 59 and then a stunning clearance of 86 to finish in serious fashion.

It gave the 2005 champion momentum, but Wilson is still four frames clear and playing well, making four centuries in the match so far and O’Sullivan can’t see him losing from here in the race to 17.

‘No not really,’ the Rocket told Eurosport of a Murphy comeback. ‘I think that Kyren’s playing too consistently, too well.

‘I always think a good young one will beat a good old one and Kyren’s come of age this tournament.

‘I’ve always been a little bit critical of his high level but these last two sessions he’s shown to me that he’s the finished article now.

‘I’m sure he’ll get his world title victories now in the next few years.’

O’Sullivan is far less certain of how the Selby vs Bingham match will end, other than it will take a long time to get to the final ball being potted.

Selby came into the contest as clear favourite but has been second best for most of it and has tried to scrap his way through his struggles, making for some very long frames.

The final session of the match is in the afternoon, between the final two sessions of Wilson vs Murphy, and O’Sullivan reckons it could disrupt the other semi-final.

‘Yeah I think it’s going to go all the way, I think there’s a lot of snooker still in it,’ said Ronnie.

‘It probably could push the next match in the evening a little bit back later. We’re going to get more tomorrow of what we’ve had tonight.’

What O’Sullivan meant by ‘what we’ve had tonight’ was Selby’s ultimate doggedness, at one point playing on in a frame needing five snookers.

It was a bit much from the Jester from Leicester, but the Rocket does not think Bingham can be fazed by such things.

‘It was a gruelling type of match, Stuart will be over the moon at 13-11 up,’ said Ronnie.

‘For some players that slowness might have got to them a little bit, but he just kind of reset, his love for the game doesn’t allow him to get frustrated if frames get a bit long and slow.

‘He was probably happy to do the qualifiers because it was extra snooker because he just loves playing.’

Wilson remains clear favourite to progress past Murphy, but Judd Trump feels the way the Magician stayed alive in their match will have given him a huge boost.

‘Absolutely incredible to finish off like that under the pressure he is,’ the world number one told the BBC.

‘He’s felt like he’s won that session 6-2 just from that clearance alone.

‘The momentum he would have gained from that clearance will be absolutely massive, he’ll be walking home with some massive belief.’

Selby and Bingham return at 10am and 7pm, with Murphy and Wilson on at 2.30pm.

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