Higgins eager to beat Rocket

02 March 2018 05:22:22 EST

John Higgins will play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open after easing to a 4-0 victory against Nigel Bond in Cardiff.

O'Sullivan also had little difficult moving into the last eight as he completed a whitewash of Mike Dunn.

O'Sullivan, who is aiming to win his fifth ranking title of the season, said after his 4-0 triumph: "Things are going OK, I just need to focus on my next match.

"John is one of the all-time greats alongside Stephen Hendry. I will need to improve slightly on what I have shown so far this week. When you play someone of John's class, you either find it or you don't. I'm looking forward to it. The quarter-finals onwards is the business end."

Higgins compiled breaks of 115 and 144 during his demolition of Bond, and said after his easy victory: "It's a bit like deja vu to be facing Ronnie again, we seem to have played so much this season.

"Ronnie is playing fantastic at the moment, he is at a level above everyone else. If I can come up near that level I've got a chance."

The two men have faced each other five times already this season with O'Sullivan winning four of their meetings and Higgins' only triumph coming at the Scottish Open.

Meanwhile, China's Yan Bingtao defeated Matthew Stevens 4-2 to set up a last-eight clash with Barry Hawkins, who beat Martin Gould 4-2.

Ian Burns edged past Liam Highfield 4-3 and will play Thailand's Noppon Saengkham, who eased past Kyren Wilson 4-0, in the quarter-finals.

Gary Wilson was too good for John Astley, eventually winning 4-2, while Yu Delu saw off Liang Wenbo 4-1.

O'Sullivan is 1212/1 to win the Welsh Open outright, while Higgins can be backed at 4/7 and Wilson at 14/1.

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