Ronnie O'Sullivan has eased into the final of this year's UK Championship with a convincing 6-1 defeat of Tom Ford this afternoon.
Looking pretty imperious throughout, O'Sullivan, fresh from beating Martin O'Donnell by the same scoreline in the quarter-final, will now wait to see if it is Stuart Bingham or Mark Allen who stands between him and retaining a title he won in 2017.
A measure of consistency, Ford could scarcely have done much more to halt O'Sullivan's progression. Rarely troubled, this astounding cue ball control brought a vigorous round of applause from the audience, and rightly demonstrated the kind of form O'Sullivan is in coming into the final.
— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) December 8, 2018
Speaking in the immediate aftermath of his semi-final win, Ronnie O'Sullivan quickly turned his attention toward the record books, and how he might like to turn a few more benchmarks in his own favour.
Should O'Sullivan win the UK final, he will overcome the joint-record of 6-wins he currently shares with Steve Davis. Also making strides toward the 1,000 mark in terms of competitive centuries, O'Sullivan sounds like a man who is far from finished.
"Of course you think about it," O'Sullivan admitted.
"I'd overtake [Stephen] Hendry for the record in the majors which would be like an unbelievable achievement.
"You've still got the Worlds [Championship], trying to do another three Worlds if at all possible.
"Nothing is impossible, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't on my mind but it's not what drives me, what drives me is putting in good performances."
A daunting prospect for those wishing to tackle the Englishman's dominance, you can listen to Ronnie O'Sullivan's full post-match thoughts below.
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