Kettering’s Kyren storms into the last four in China

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the semi-finals of the China Open
Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the semi-finals of the China Open
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Kyren Wilson will face world number one Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the China Open tomorrow (Saturday) as his fine week continued with a superb last-eight success over Ding Junhui.

The Kettering snooker star had already dispatched world number three Stuart Bingham by a 5-2 scoreline in yesterday’s (Thursday) last 16 clash and the fine form went on in today’s quarter-final.

Wilson, currently ranked number 14 in the world, took the opening frame against world number four Ding in Beijing before the Chinese star hit back to level the match with a break of 77.

But Wilson assumed control of the contest as he went 3-1 up, including a break of 55 to clinch the fourth frame of the match,

He made it 4-1, despite Ding hitting a break of 59 in the fifth, and the Northamptonshire potter rounded things off in style as a visit of 84 completed the emphatic victory.

Earlier in the week, Wilson defeated Xiao Guodong 5-3 in the first round before seeing off Sanderson Lam 5-1 in the next stage.

Selby earned his place in the last four with a comfortable 5-1 success over Stephen Maguire in their quarter-final.