Both semi finals were played today in Beijing, and, quite unusually these days, it wasn’t a one table setup. Instead, both matches were played “in parallel” over two sessions as they were “best of 19” matches.
Barry Hawkins beat Neil Robertson by 10-6. That match was close up to 5-5, then Barry pulled away and largely dominated the second session.
Mark Selby got the better of Kyren Wilson who showed why he is nicknamed “The Warrior”. Mark Selby was by far the stronger player at the start of the match, building a 5-1 lead, by Kyren wasn’t going to give up and managed to finish the first session “only” 3-6 down. And he came back fighting in the evening. The match went to 8-8 before Mark Selby finished the job by taking the last two frames. Final score: 10-8 to Selby
All this means that this is now how the Crubible draw looks like:
Mark Selby (1) / Qualifier
Mark Allen (16) / Qualifier
Kyren Wilson (9) / Qualifier
Shaun Murphy (8) / Qualifier
John Higgins (5) / Qualifier
Stuart Bingham (12) / Qualifier
Luca Brecel (13) / Qualifier
Judd Trump (4) / Qualifier
Ding Junhui (3) / Qualifier
Anthony McGill (14) / Qualifier
Marco Fu (11) / Qualifier
Barry Hawkins (6) / Qualifier
Mark Williams (7) / Qualifier
Neil Robertson (10) / Qualifier
Ali Carter (15) / Qualifier
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) / Qualifier
The two players in red are the only ones that could still “move”: they would swap places if Barry Hawkins wins tomorrow.
Tomorrow the Final will again be played over two sessions and it’s a “best of 21”, a very unusual format. Ten frames will be played in the afternoon, and a possible eleven in the evening.