The semifinals are played over four sessions, one table set up and a best of 33 frames format, first session of this match being scheduled for tomorrow evening starting with 7 PM.
Judd Trump made a strong start to his quarter-final clash with Ding Junhui, taking a 6-2 lead. He took the first two frames with top breaks of 45 and 54, then made an 82 clearance in the third frame, followed by a run of 94 for 4-0.Trump continued playing great after the interval as a break of 108 extended his lead, then he cleared with 76 in the next after Ding had missed on 54. The Chinese no 1 player eventually got on the scoreboard thanks to a 47 clearance in frame seven and finished the session with a break of 72 to reduce the gap to four frames. Trump repeated the sensational snooker in the second session, as he won six out of eight frames. A break of 102 gave Trump the opening frame to put him 7-2 ahead. He took the next with a run of 55 and a scrappy 11th for 9-2. Ding was struggling to stay in the match, though he did win the next two frames with runs of 69 and 51.Trump won a tight 14th frame on the colours to make it 10-4, then finished the session brilliantly with back to back centuries, 127 and 111. The Ace in the Pack closed the match in first frame of final session by a run of 66.
“Ding said before the match that he was going to beat me and that gave me extra momentum to dig in and try my absolute best.”
“I shut him out and put a lot of pressure on him from the start. If I continue to play like this I won’t get beaten, but to keep up the same level for another five days would be extremely hard. This tournament is all about consistency – you can play well in your first three matches but then lose in the semis. I’ve got to keep doing it, and if I can do that for the whole tournament I’ll take a lot of pride from it.”
“It will be a different atmosphere once it’s down to one table and everyone will raise their game. The crowd will be immense and that will pick me up.”
Bingham went 5-3 up against O’Sullivan at the end of first session. The Rocket started with a break of 116 in the opening frame, before Bingham hit back to take the next two frames with runs of 64 and 75. Another century from O’Sullivan, 118, made it 2-2, then a 87 break in frame five saw him regain the lead. It was Ball-run Bingham who finished the session strongly, winning three frames in a row with a top run of 56. Stuart made a 145 points clearance in the first frame of second session, but lost 5 out of the next 6 frames to see himself led 7-8. Probably the crucial point of the match happened in the last frame of the second session, as Ronnie failed to win the frame by not moving the last red from the cushion on a potable position while being on a 68 break, giving to Stuart the possibility of clearing the table and winning the frame 76-68. O’Sullivan took the opening frame of the third session with a break of 65 to go ahead, but failed to win the match as Bingham showed his break-building class producing breaks of 74, 88, 51, 85 and 66 to reel off five frames in a row in less than an hour. First time when Stuart is playing the semifinals at Crucible and over four sessions, let’s see how he copes with that.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Bingham, who has won three titles this season including the Shanghai Masters. “I’m so looking forward to tomorrow now. I had to go into my dressing room just now to give myself five minutes. I had a little tear, rang the wife and couldn’t really speak. It’s a brilliant win for me.”
“I’ve got a hard game now with Judd, he seems to be flying out of his boots so it’ll be tough. I’m still in it and I’ve got a chance.”
H2H: Trump 10-5
Prediction: Trump to advance.
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