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Bingham downs O'Sullivan at UK Championship

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Stuart Bingham will now face Neil Robertson in the UK Championship semi-final © PA Photos
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Ronnie O'Sullivan's quest for a fifth UK Championship title ended at the quarter-final stage after a 6-4 defeat to the in-form Stuart Bingham.

Bingham, who lost to the Rocket in the final of the recent Champion of Champions, raced into a 4-1 lead at the Barbican Centre with breaks of 131 and 61.

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However, world champion O'Sullivan hit back with a marvellous visit of 135 to close the gap before edging a tight frame to move within one. Bingham moved 5-3 ahead before O'Sullivan hit his second century break of the match with a 127 to make it 5-4.

However, Bingham held his nerve to take the 10th frame and seal a spot in the semi-final, where he will now face world No. 1 Neil Robertson.

"Even at 4-1 up, my cue action went but I tried to keep it together," Bingham told BBC Sport. "I knew Ronnie would come back. When I had a chance I tried to go for it but you have to focus on your own game. I've been playing solidly all season and I'm looking forward to the semi-final."

O'Sullivan was full of praise for his opponent, adding: "I want to congratulate Stuart. He played a fantastic match and he's had another brilliant tournament.

"He's an in-form player, a seasoned player now, so you just have to congratulate him on a fantastic performance and I just wish him the best of luck for the rest of the tournament.

"It just shows the character of the guy, he's able to do it under pressure now so all credit to him, and good luck to him."

Australian Robertson saw off Stephen Maguire 6-2, making a break of 128 during their quarter-final in York. Mark Allen is out after a 6-2 loss to Ricky Walden, who will now face defending champion Mark Selby after his 6-5 win over Barry Hawkins.

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