Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Barry Hawkins in World Snooker semis

O'Sullivan thrashes Hawkins to make final

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Barry Hawkins 17-7 with a session to spare to reach the World Championship final.

Beginning the evening six frames ahead at the Crucible, the five-time winner extended his lead with a break of 76.

Hawkins won two of the next three frames, but O'Sullivan, champion in each of the last two years, clinched four in a row to seal victory.

O'Sullivan, 38, will meet either Neil Robertson or Mark Selby in the final.

'The Rocket' punished the mistakes made by Hawkins to give himself a day off as he recorded breaks of 76, 55, 103 and 84 in the evening session.

O'Sullivan beat Shaun Murphy 13-3 in the quarter-finals and Hawkins was to fare only slightly better.

The Kent potter had started the morning trailing 6-2 after conceding the final four frames of the first session against the man who beat him in last season's final.external-link

Although he lost the first four of the day to slip even further behind at 10-2, Hawkins finished it with a terrific 106 to close the gap to 11-5.

However, he could not maintain it in the evening and had a highest break of just 67.

"To have got such a comfortable result against Barry is great for me," said O'Sullivan after securing a place in the world final for the sixth time.

"I hadn't played for two months going into this tournament so I'd got a bit bored of practising, but that's because I didn't enter any tournaments so that's my own fault.

"As each match goes on you do feel like you get into it."