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Ronnie O'Sullivan reaches semifinals at UK snooker tourney

Ronnie O'Sullivan

London, Dec 9 (UITV/IANS)- Five-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan reached semifinals of the UK Championship, one of snooker's most historic and prestigious tournaments, by beating Martin Gould 6-3 at the York Barbican.

The 42-year-old, who survived a scared to beat Sunny Akani 6-5 Thursday night, jumped to a 5-0 lead before Gould responded with runs of 101, 61 and 70, but O'Sullivan's sealed the victory with a break of 94, reports Xinhua news agency.

O'Sullivan, bidding for a record-equalling six titles set by Steve Davis, will next take on Scotland's Stephen Maguire, who beat Joe Perry 6-3.