- World Snooker Championship
O'Sullivan tears Bingham apart at Crucible
The dream return for Ronnie O'Sullivan continues at the Crucible as the Rocket blew Stuart Bingham away in opening up a 7-1 lead in their quarter-final clash at the World Snooker Championship.
O'Sullivan - who took time out from the game this season since lifting his fourth world title last May - has played down his chances of retaining his crown. However, the 37-year-old has been in imperious form since returning to the circuit, and Bingham felt the full force of play at the highest quality from O'Sullivan.
Taking part in his first quarter-final at the Crucible, Bingham will want to quickly forget how his experience has gone so far as the Premier League champion did not have a good afternoon.
O'Sullivan turned on the style in the conclusion of his clash with Ali Carter in the last-16, and he began on the front foot against Bingham by taking the lead with a break of 79, before capitalising on his opponent breaking down in the second frame on a simple black.
O'Sullivan then moved 3-0 in front with his first century of the match with a 111, and then hit back with a 60 in the next frame when Bingham missed a pink on 50 whilst in control.
An 87 made it 5-0 to O'Sullivan, and a second century of 133 put him 6-0 up. His pot success rate was as high as 98% at one point as Bingham became an uncomfortable spectator in his seat.
Yet another miss on the black from Bingham enabled the world champion to pull further clear at 7-0 with a break of 78, but Bingham avoided the dreaded whitewash by pinching the final frame of the session.
Ricky Walden meanwhile is 6-2 in front against qualifier Michael White.
Both players are in the last eight for the first time, but it was two-time ranking event winner Walden who made an impression as he constructed breaks of 93, 58, 59 and 113 to take a four-frame advantage into the second session.