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Snooker: O'Sullivan, Selby sweep into world semi-finals

Reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan breezed into the World Championship semi-finals with a session to spare on Wednesday after completing a 13-3 win over Shaun Murphy.

LONDON: Reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan breezed into the World Championship semi-finals with a session to spare on Wednesday after completing a 13-3 win over Shaun Murphy.

Murphy made a strong start to their quarter-final on Tuesday by winning the first two frames, but O'Sullivan roared back and won the next six frames to establish a 6-2 overnight lead.

The five-time champion stretched his advantage to 8-2 on Wednesday morning before 2005 champion Murphy clawed a frame back, but a break of 118 gave O'Sullivan a 9-3 advantage at the mid-session break.

After a short delay due to a technical problem with the scoreboard, O'Sullivan capitalised on a couple of routine misses by Murphy to close out victory.

He will now face either Barry Hawkins or Dominic Dale, with 2013 runner-up Hawkins 11-5 up in their contest at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, northern England.

Earlier, Mark Selby finished off a one-sided 13-5 win over Alan McManus to book his place in the last four.

Leading 12-4 overnight, the Leicester cueman needed only one frame to complete victory, but Scottish veteran McManus took the day's first frame, thanks to a break of 69.

It proved only a stay of execution, however, and when McManus could not exploit his opportunities in the next frame, Selby pounced to set up a last-four meeting with either Judd Trump or Neil Robertson.

"I think it was four years ago since I was in the semi-final before, so it seems like forever with so many tournaments now during the season," Selby told BBC television.

"I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to get out there."

Australian world number one Robertson made a poor start to his last-eight tie against England's Trump and was 6-2 down after the first session on Tuesday.

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