Ronnie O'Sullivan reaches the World Snooker Championship final in Sheffield with a 17-7 win over Barry Hawkins

Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates reaching the World Chamionship final. Picture: Action Images

Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates reaching the World Chamionship final. Picture: Action Images

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Ronnie O’Sullivan earned another day off after beating Barry Hawkins with a session to spare in the World Snooker Championship – but the Chigwell potter insists the final can’t come soon enough.

O’Sullivan wrapped up a 17-7 victory over Hawkins in the semi-finals on Friday night, 12 months on from toppling the world No.4 in the final.

And such was the Rocket’s dominance that a fourth session, which was scheduled for Saturday, is no longer needed.

The five-time Crucible champion also finished off his quarter-final clash with Shaun Murphy with a session to spare in a 13-3 demolition.

But O'Sullivan admits he will be twiddling his thumbs in frustration before he vies for his third world championship in a row against either Neil Robertson or Mark Selby.

“I wish I was playing [on Saturday] to be honest, I’ve got a day off now and I’ve got no structure to my day,” he said.

“At least if I had a game I would have got up, have my breakfast, go for my run, get ready for my afternoon match. I like a bit of structure – I’m used to it.

“I’ll probably practice for an hour, something like that, just because it’s something to do really.

“It’s nice to win with a session to spare don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if I’d have come out and played again [on Saturday].

“Why wouldn’t you want to play at a venue like that? It is hard, you go through a lot of emotions out there, but you want to sap it all up.

“Hawkins has got the game, the mentality, the attitude, the rhythm to go through ball after ball.

“He’s got an economical style if you like and that counts for a lot here – I knew he was a dangerman and to get such a comfortable victory over him, it was a good result for me."

Despite his inexorable rise over the last three years, O’Sullivan is not feeling the weight of history on his shoulders.

He currently trails Stephen Hendry in World Championship titles by seven to five, and he insists playing catch-up is the last thing playing on his mind.

“Hendry’s done five in a row so next year you’ll be saying more history, for me I’m just buzzing to be playing and enjoying it,” he added.

“To get to three finals in a row having already won two and having another opportunity – if you told me that three years ago it would have never entered my thoughts that I could do it.

“It’s a special achievement but there’s still a match to play and I’ll be up for that.

“They are both top class players, Neil is No.1 in the world scoring heavily and Mark’s the toughest competitor on tour – I’ve got utmost respect for both of them.

“I just have to prepare and go out and there and do my job and hopefully give them something to think about.

“That’s the nature of the game, if I can play my game and be strong and score, I’m sure I’ll have a good chance.”

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