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Ding, Robertson storm into China Open final

English.news.cn   2014-04-05 23:33:30

BEIJING, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese snooker ace Ding Junhui and defending champion Neil Robertson recorded a comfortable win over their opponents, Mike Dunn and Allister Carter, respectively in semifinals of 2014 World Snooker China Open here on Saturday.

After a dominating 6-0 win over Dunn, Ding is one win away from his fifth ranking title this season after winning in Shanghai Masters, Indian Open, International Championship and German Masters.

"There is hope for the fifth ranking title, but I should keep a cool mind and do what I'm doing throughout the week," said Ding.

Ding surged into a 4-0 lead over Dunn, and didn't show any sign of losing his concentration after the interval.

With a break of 54, Ding got match point after the fifth frame, also meeting little challenge from the opponent.

Dunn made a 43 to open frame six, while slipping away his last chance to drag the match. When the score was tied at 51, Ding successfully hit the yellow to start another 20-point streak to seal the win.

World No. 1 Robertson was chasing his third ranking title this season after seeing off Allister Carter 6-2 in another semifinal.

"Today was the best I've played. It's a new experience for me to be sick during a tournament while keeping fighting," said Robertson.

The world's top one built a 4-0 lead into the interval, while suffering a two-frame skid as Carter made a top break of 106 in the sixth frame.

Then Robertson regained his momentum with a break of 67 in the next frame, and finally secured the victory after a 41 clearance in the eighth.

Ding and Robertson will have the best-of-19 final on Sunday.

"He (Robertson) had a good control of the match. Hoping that I can play well tomorrow, both offensively and defensively," said Ding.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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