O'Sullivan level with Bingham in quarter-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan looks at the table
Ronnie O'Sullivan won the first of his seven world titles in 2001 [Getty Images]

Ronnie O’Sullivan cut a frustrated figure despite coming from 3-1 down to end the opening session of his World Championship quarter-final level at 4-4 with Stuart Bingham.

The seven-time world champion missed several uncharacteristic pots and rapped his cue against the table in the seventh frame.

Bingham the winner in 2015, made four half-century breaks, while 'The Rocket' knocked in two and the only century of the match in the fifth frame.

World number two Judd Trump is all square at 8-8 with Jak Jones in a hard-fought affair that concludes on Wednesday morning (10:00 BST).

Four-time champion John Higgins recovered from a 4-0 deficit to trail Kyren Wilson 5-3

And David Gilbert leads Stephen Maguire 10-6, with that match due to be played to a finish on Wednesday at 14:30 BST.

O'Sullivan struggles to settle early on

Bingham memorably defeated O’Sullivan at the same stage on the way to his own triumph at the Crucible nine years ago.

And he appeared to settle quicker with breaks of 55, 75 and 79, enabling him to take three of the first four frames against a misfiring O’Sullivan.

But having suggested that he would have to be close "to perfect" to defeat the current world number one and 41-time ranking event winner, Bingham was unable to maintain that early pressure.

A wonderful break of 116 helped O'Sullivan reel off three consecutive frames before Bingham was able to take the final frame of the afternoon.

Wilson & Higgins in high-quality contest

Wilson was 8-0 down to Higgins after the opening session of their second-round meeting 12 months ago and was eventually thrashed 13-2.

However, the Englishman who has lost all three of his previous meetings with the Scot at the Crucible, initially dominated.

The 2020 finalist Wilson dominated the tactical exchanges - with Higgins appearing jaded from his dramatic late-night victory over Mark Allen - and scored heavily enjoying runs of 70, 95, 93 and 71 to establish a 4-0 advantage.

However, Higgins responded in fine fashion by compiling his 994th career century immediately after the break with a sublime 129.

Wilson demonstrated his excellent cueing with a 121 of his own in the sixth frame but Higgins then enjoyed runs of 73 and 102 to boost his hopes when play resumes on Wednesday at 10:00 BST.

Trump yet to fire as Gilbert retains control

Trump, who started the tournament as one of the favourites to add to his 2019 world title, opened up in style against Jones with a 110 break.

But Welshman Jones, appearing in his second consecutive quarter-final, constructed a 69 and 94 as he went 3-1 up.

Trump took the first two after the break and doubled the final black in the eighth frame to leave the match delicately poised heading into the evening.

Resuming at 4-4, the players delivered more of the same, with Jones taking two protracted frames to go 6-4 up before the Englishman responded to get back to 6-6.

And the players shared out the remaining four frames with a 117 break from Jones in the final frame on Tuesday the highlight.

In contrast, Gilbert compiled breaks of 83, 110 and 130 as he impressed to open up a 7-1 lead over Maguire in the first session of their best-of-25 affair.

However, world number 28 Maguire rallied in the evening despite going 9-2 behind and seeing his opponent forge his second 130 of the match.

While Gilbert retains a healthy cushion, the Scot claimed four of the last five frames to keep his hopes of reaching a first Crucible semi-final for 12 years alive.