O'Sullivan storms back to reach quarter-finals
Ronnie O'Sullivan of England plays a shot against Barry Hawkins of England during the final match of the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield on May 06, 2013 - by Paul Ellis
The 38-year-old Englishman -- bidding for a sixth world title at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England -- had trailed 9-7 overnight and having shared the opening four frames of the final session O'Sullivan was just two frames from defeat.
However, suddenly the mercurial cuesman -- whose brilliance has been offset by regular clashes with the sport's authorities -- found his touch and barely allowed Perry a look-in.
Breaks of 53 and then 52 were enough to level the match and then he upped the ante with a wonderful break of 124 to take the lead in the match for the first time.
Perry's spark had completely gone and a loose safety shot by the 39-year-old Englishman in the 24th frame gave O'Sullivan his chance and he took it in style firing off a break of 113 to round off a remarkable sequence of frames.
O'Sullivan will play either Rickey Walden or another Englishman Barry Hawkins in the last eight.
The Walden and Hawkins match, a rematch of last year's semi-final which the latter won, will resume later on Saturday with Walden leading 9-7.