Ronnie O’Sullivan: John Higgins reveals Rocket was major help ahead of Scottish Open | Other | Sport

John Higgins looked in fine form at the UK Championship last week but suffered a shock defeat to Mark King in the fourth round.

The 6-5 loss clearly dented the 42-year-old’s confidence and he hinted it could be time for him to hang up his cue.

However, the four-time world champion was back at the Scottish Open this week and cruised into the second round with a 4-1 win over Jack Lisowski.

And Higgins has admitted he has Ronnie O’Sullivan to thank, revealing he was inspired to turn up in Glasgow by the Rocket’s 10-5 UK Championship final win over Shaun Murphy.

“It was probably stupid what I was saying,” Higgins said in response to claims he could retire.

“I just had terrible negative thinking and the press hit you 10 seconds after you walk out of the arena and you’re still sore from the game.

“But it was more to do with my mind.

“I watched Ronnie’s evening’s session against Shaun and it made me pick my cue up and have an hour’s practice.

“I was thinking of coming in today, maybe having five minutes before going on to play.

“But last night I was enjoying watching a genius at work and thought I’d go for an hour’s practice and see how it goes.”

And Higgins has admitted he now has his sights firmly set on winning the Scottish Open after finishing runner-up last year.

“I’ve got good memories from last year, albeit losing in the final, but I’m going to give it a go,” he added.

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