John Higgins battled back from 5-3 down to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-5 and keep his dream of winning the English open for the first alive. In a match that was filled with drama it was O’Sullivan who started the better taking the lead with a break of 75. Higgins hit back in frame two with a magnificent break of 104 to level the match. O’Sullivan won 3 of the next four frames with breaks of 50, 69 and 108 to take a 4-2 lead. Higgins closed the deficit to 4-3 with a break of 76 only for O’sullivan to stroke in another fantastic century to move within one frame of victory at 5-3, But in typical Higgins fashion he clawed his way back to 5-5 and then won a 40 minute deciding frame to book his place in tomorrow’s final.
In the evenings semi final Neil Robertson faced Mark King in an epic battle. Pre match Robertson had been very vocal about not being bogged down with tactical frames and keeping the game open but we knew that in a game of this magnitude it was always going to be a tight affair. The first four frames were shared with players looking very edgy. King won a 33 minute 5th frame to lead 3-2. Another long winded frame won by king extended his lead to 4-2 but Robertson hit back with an excellent break of 111 to reduce the deficit to 4-3. Frame 8 was a big turning point in the match as King looked sure to take a 5-3 lead but missed a blue to the right centre pocket and Robertson cleared upto the pink to level the match at 4-4. Frame 9 Robertson found his break building and stroked in a magnificent break of 101 to move within one frame of victory and wrapped up victory with and excellent break of 86 and will now face John Higgins in tomorrow’s final.
Semi final results
Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-6 John Higgins
Neil Robertson 6-4 Mark King
Neil Robertson vs John Higgins 1pm/7pm best of 17 frames
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