Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan not expecting to pocket all four Home Nations titles, but closing in on English Open crown

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 October 2017

Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

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Romford-based legend hoping to take a step closer towards another piece of silverware in Barnsley over the next few days

Ronnie O’Sullivan moved a step closer to his 29th ranking title but claims ‘not even God himself’ would be able to win the £1m bonus on offer for triumphing at all four Home Nations events.

O’Sullivan beat Jack Lisowski 5-2 in the Dafabet English Open quarter-finals on Friday evening and will now face Anthony McGill in the semi-finals on Saturday.

If the five-time world champion can somehow triumph in Barnsley this week, as well as winning the Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open later this season, he will become an instant millionaire but isn’t even entertaining that thought.

“Not even God would be able to do that and he can pull out some miracles! If someone does it, I’ll give them another million myself,” joked O’Sullivan.

“I would have loved to score five centuries and a 147, but I was fighting to hold it together tonight.

“I am over the moon to be into the semi-finals. Jack is a talented player, and plays like he is practising and scores quickly. He is a lovely guy, I want him to do well.

“I haven’t been winning as much these past two years, and so I am excited getting to this stage of the tournament. I want to win it now.”

McGill is the next obstacle standing in O’Sullivan’s way this week and the pair will do battle in the last-four on Saturday evening.

The 26-year-old Scot booked his place in the semi-final by beating 2010 world champion Neil Robertson 5-3 in a match that included a 61-minute seventh frame.

After the contest, Robertson likened McGill to world No.1 and reigning world champion Mark Selby for his ability to grind out a frame but also score heavily when in the balls.

However O’Sullivan thinks a different snooker legend would be a more apt comparison.

“Anthony is a very good competitor with a good all-round game to be compared to Selby,” added O’Sullivan.

“I don’t think there’s anyone better than Selby at what he does – he plays a different type of containing game to anyone else.

“Anthony does a similar job in a different kind of way – but maybe more like Steve Davis and that kind of mould. He’s a tough player.”

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