Judd Trump is through to his second consecutive final after booking his place in to the final of the inaugural Coral English Open with a 6-2 win over Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins took the opening frame of the match with a break of 64, but it was one-way traffic after with Trump taking advantage of unforced errors by his opponent to take the opening session 3-1.
Hawkins took the first frame of the second session with a break of 114 and looked likely to level the match in the next until a miss let Trump in to extend his lead to 4-2. Hawkins made a clearance in the 7th to level the frame and force a re-spotted black ball. Hawkins put Trump back in to play first and looked to have a great opportunity to pot the black after a poor opening safety, but he missed. After several safety shots it was Hawkins that double-kissed the black to set up an easy pot on the black for a 5-2 score-line.
Hawkins was first in the 8th frame where he registered a break of 48 before missing a black off the spot, which let his opponent back in to the frame. The final frame went down to the back-ball with Trump prevailing 6-2.
It was a flattering score-line. He played some good stuff and put me under a lot of pressure. It was just a couple of clearances that changed the game. He missed a couple of blacks off the spot which could have changed things. I think consistency is key at the moment. I have't really had a bad game. Even though I'm not playing brilliantly this week. This week is about consistency and not missing anything easy.
The other semi-final saw Liang Wenbo defeat Stuart Bingham 6-5 in a high scoring match. The pair shared the opening session 2-2. The second session saw Bingham extend in to a 4-2 lead with breaks of 95 and 89. Wenbo levelled the match again with breaks of 74 and 134 before Bingham once again moved in to the lead 5-4.
Wenbo levelled the match to force a final frame decider with a break of 138. Wenbo was first to strike in the final frame with a break of 53 until he missed a relatively easy red to the middle. After a short safety battle it was Wenbo who had the first opportunity which he took to register a break of 61 to book his place in the final against Trump.
We both played very well. I really enjoyed it and I have to keep going and get ready for the final. I have a chance tomorrow, I'm going to try and get some good practice in beforehand and keep calm during the match.
Mark Selby, last years winner is 9/2 to do it again this year!
John Higgins, runner-up last year, 14/1 to win this time!
Barry Hawkins, beaten semi-finalist last year, 33/1 to win!
Ding Junhui, beaten semi-finalist last year, 12/1 to win!
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