Ronnie O’Sullivan advanced to the World Grand Prix final, although he apologised for an “embarrassing” performance as he defeated Stuart Bingham in an error-filled match.

Over 19 frames, O’Sullivan will face Neil Robertson, whose cue action he describes as the best of all time, for the trophy and a top prize of £100,000.

“We both stunk it out,” O’Sullivan stated later on ITV4. We were both extremely, really bad; we looked like a pair of elderly club players, at least that’s how it felt. That was really awkward, but there you have it; my apologies.

Ronnie O’Sullivan advanced to the World Grand Prix final, although he apologised for an “embarrassing” performance as he defeated Stuart Bingham in an error-filled match.

Both players were below-par at the Coventry Building Society Arena, but O’Sullivan did enough to win 6-2 and advance to his first ranking final of the season, against Neil Robertson.

“We both stunk it out,” O’Sullivan stated later on ITV4. We were both extremely, really bad; we looked like a pair of elderly club players, at least that’s how it felt. That was really awkward, but there you have it; my apologies.

“I felt bad for Stuart; you could tell he was suffering, and honestly, we looked like a pair of butchers out there, slaughtering stuff all over the place.”

Bingham had a gritty beginning but missed a simple red that would have taken him on the edge of a 2-0 lead, and O’Sullivan levelled the match with a break of 62.

Bingham’s mistakes allowed O’Sullivan to grab the lead, with knocks of 51, 56, and 77 helping to construct a 5-1 lead before his opponent reduced the gap with a 78 – the highest break of the evening.

Despite O’Sullivan’s break of 60 in frame eight, Bingham appeared destined to cut the deficit, even more, when he blundered, but then missed the final black off its place.

O’Sullivan, who won the event three years ago, rushed in to clean up and take the victory, but he knows he needs to improve ahead of his best-of-19 match against Robertson on Sunday.

If I don’t get my finger out or find something, I’ll probably get wowed, “the six-time world champion continued. I’d be thrilled to acquire a few more frames like that to play with.

You never know, I could stink the gaff out, drag him down to my level, and he might go. I doubt it; he’s a little too brilliant for that, and he’s still in his prime. He’s cueing fantastically well, the finest cueist I’ve ever seen. ”

Bingham, a 2016 finalist, expressed disappointment at his performance, adding, “I’m simply crushed.” He got a little bit of luck here and there, a few flukes and the rub of the green, but I had more chances and I simply couldn’t take them.

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