Indian Open: Mark Williams to meet Michael White in all-Welsh semis
Welsh cueists Mark Williams and Michael White will face each other in what promises to be an interesting semifinal meeting at the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Championship after they beat their respective opponents in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
Mumbai: Welsh cueists Mark Williams and Michael White will face each other in what promises to be an interesting semifinal meeting at the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Championship after they beat their respective opponents in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
Two-time world champion Williams, the world no. 15, scored an emphatic 4-1 quarter final victory over ninth seeded Robert Milkins of England.
Williams carried on his morning form when he ousted second seed Judd Trump of England 4-3 in the pre-quarterfinals as he dominated the quarterfinal clash against Milkins, the world number 16, right through barring the fourth frame.
Williams, winner of 18 ranking titles and two Masters crowns, scored a fluent 69(51)-28, 58-45, 77(76)-0, 0-90(54), 67-12 victory to advance to last four for a meeting with shoot-out champion White.
It was also sweet revenge for his loss to Milkins in their earlier meeting at the 2013 Welsh Open and took their head to head record to 3-1 in the 2000 and 2003 world champion's favour.
World number 22 White fought back from 1-2 to oust 22-year-old Chris Wakelin of England, who had never progressed beyond the round of 32 earlier, 4-2.
Though he lost the first and third frames without getting a point against his name, White proved his mettle, especially in the fifth frame when he compiled a near-century break, when needed to carve out a 0-76, 59 (55)-7, 0-82, 72(71)-22, 99(99)-0, 55-46 win.
Williams and White would meet tomorrow morning in the semifinal to decide who moves into the final scheduled in the evening.
Earlier today, two former world champions -- second seed Judd Trump and sixth seed John Higgins -- were knocked out while giant-killing qualifier Thepchaiya Un-Nooh again came through with flying colours to enter the quarterfinals.
In the last pre-quarterfinal, fifth seed Joe Perry survived a tough battle against exciting young English compatriot Kyren Wilson to squeak through 4-3 into the last eight.
Trump, the world number six and 2011 world champion who played in the tournament with a shoulder injury, put up a great fight before going down 3-4 to Williams.
In another pre-quarterfinal match of note, third seed Ricky Walden of England, conqueror of India?s Aditya Mehta in round two last night, drubbed China's Tian Pengfei 4-0. Un-Nooh, who had already booked his flight for home and now has to change his travel plans after his stupendous run here, ousted Jamie James of Wales 4-1.
The unassuming, left-handed Thai cueist dropped the opening frame 17-63 but then bounced back in superb fashion to win the next three by stringing up two half century breaks before applying the finishing touches with another glorious break of 123 in the deciding frame.
It is the Thai world number 61's second century break in the tournament after his brilliant 137, the second best of the tournament so far, in the second round clash against Luca Brecel of Belgium.
"I was booked to go back tonight, but have changed my plans. I am very happy to have achieved my best-ever run in a top level snooker tournament. I had done well in an Asian Tour event but not in a world ranking tournament like this," said the wirily built Thepchaiya.
Asked what has made the difference to his excellent run here, Thepchiaya said, "Concentration. I am concentrating to win the match."
Higgins, the four-time world champion from Scotland who came into the tournament by clinching the Welsh Open title, slumped to his sixth straight loss against England's Mark Davis, world no. 18 and two-time world 6-red champion, hammered 4-0.
It was the seventh loss in nine meetings against Davis for Higgins who previously beat his English rival three years ago. Three half century breaks of 72, 87 and 66 by Davis ? ranked 10th in the tournament ended the hopes of the 'Wizard of Wishaw', the world number 12.
In other pre-quarterfinal ties, Milkins ousted Graeme Dott of Scotland 4-2 and Wakelin defeated compatriot Nigel Bond 4-1.