John Higgins ruthlessly ended Ronnie O’Sullivan’s hopes of winning the Scottish Open with an accomplished display in Glasgow.
Higgins punished O’Sullivan’s mistakes to run out a 5-0 winner and book his place in the semi-finals.
O’Sullivan missed a red to the corner in the opening frame and watched as Higgins produced a break of 55 to win it – and the Scot went from strength to strength.
After both players wasted chances early in the second frame, Higgins took control of it with a break of 109, then capitalised on a poor break from his opponent to go 3-0 up with a knock of 117.
O’Sullivan then missed a red into the middle and Higgins took advantage with a clearance of 105 to make it 4-0 at the mid-session interval.
When the players returned it did not take long for Wishaw’s Higgins to wrap up the win, finishing off with a break of 72.
He will play Neil Robertson for a place in the final after the Australian edged out Xiao Guodong 5-4.
Breaks of 114, 128 and 118 helped Robertson turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead and although his Chinese opponent responded with a run of 73 to take the contest to a decider, the Victorian then rallied with a break of 79 to win it.
Judd Trump surged past home favourite Stephen Maguire 5-2 and booked his spot in the last four in Glasgow.
Trump played the more assured snooker and top scored with a break of 102.
Trump said: “It was a tough game in the end even though it was only 5-2.
“I am very happy to have got over the line when I did.
“He lost his head early on so I was just trying to keep on and keep playing like I did and not make it too easy for him,” added Trump.